Inter Miami’s winless start to the season continued on Saturday against Cincinnati. David Beckham‘s MLS franchise, managed by former team-mate Phil Neville, were on the end of a 3-1 defeat.
Cincinnati striker Brandon Vazquez scored two goals and provided one assist during the game. He set up Ronald Matarrita, who assisted his side’s other two goals.
The latest loss kept Inter bottom of the Eastern Conference on one point. And the pressure is building on boss Neville, who is encouraging his team to “work harder” to kick-start their season. You could certainly place a bet on MLS sackings and Neville has to be up there in the running.
After the loss, he said: “In any walk of life, in my experience, the only way to get out of situations like this is to work even harder – to run more, play football more. We are a young team, and I don’t want to use that as an excuse, but this young team needs to get up to speed with each other.”
“The confidence needs to come back because we need to start picking up points and winning games of football, and the only way we’re going to get confidence is by winning games of football.”
The pressure has started to pile on Neville as David Beckham’s club now sit rock bottom of the Eastern Conference of the MLS, with only one point. They also have a poor minus eight-goal difference, which is the worst return in the entire league.
Inter Miami manager Phil Neville is not happy with how Gonzalo Higuain has been performing since his arrival at the club. Higuain joined Inter Miami on a free transfer in September 2020 after agreeing to a £2.3m payoff with Juventus to terminate his contract a year early.
However, Inter Miami are three games into their Major League Soccer season and have only picked up one point. As a result, Neville has challenged Higuain to provide some quality.
Neville went on to speak directly about Higuain, who joined his Argentine compatriot Matias Pellegrini and the club’s Mexican midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro as one of the team’s highest-paid players when he joined in 2020.
“For us to be successful, he has to perform,’ Neville said of the 34-year-old forward. For us to be successful, he has to perform in these moments for this team.
“That’s the challenge. For me, and I’m really strong on this, his role hasn’t changed. He is the one that is our best finisher.
“He is the one that we demand the most goals from. He is the one that we demand the most assists from. Period.”