Gonzalo Higuaín under pressure for goal-shy Inter Miami
Inter Miami has two defeats and one draw in the first three games of the 2022 Major League Soccer campaign and they have only scored one goal.
Inter Miami is having another poor start to the 2022 Major League Soccer season and they have yet to win a match. On Saturday the team owned by David Beckham lost to LAFC and now they have a record of two defeats and one draw so far this campaign and they have only been able to score one goal.
Inter Miami made a lot of changes during the offseason and they brought in 14 new players to try to change the losing mentality of the team after failing to qualify to the MLS Cup playoffs last year. This is their third season in MLS, but things are not looking good so far for the team managed by Phil Neville.
Lack of quality according to Neville
“I just wanted more quality from my quality players,” Neville said after Saturday’s 2-0 loss to LAFC. “Every team we’ve played against, their quality players stand up and score. Ours don’t and they need to.”
The pressure is now on Gonzalo Higuaín to help the team win games because almost 20 players left during the offseason, including Rodolfo Pizzaro, Blaise Matuidi and Leandro Pírez. So the Argentine striker has to step it up this season and the Inter Miami coach Phil Neville expects more from Higuaín.
“For us to be successful, he has to perform,” Neville said of the 34-year-old Argentine. “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.”
“I was expecting more quality in terms of the dominance that we had from our senior players, and they need to step up,” Neville said. “I expect us in those moments to have better quality because that’s what we brought in. I expect us to have better quality because that’s what we’ve got on the pitch.”