Ahead of a long and challenging campaign in 2024, Lionel Messi and Inter Miami will fittingly begin a tough pre-season schedule on Friday when they travel overseas to take on the El Salvador national team in a friendly.
Ahead of Inter Miami’s first competitive game of the upcoming season on February 21, Inter Miami will embark on a three-week pre-season tour that will cover 23,000 miles with visits to Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Japan and Dallas, Texas. in addition to this opener in the Caribbean.
Head coach Tata Martino has had a full break to consider how best to manage the workload of a squad full of aging stars led by 36-year-old Messi, joined by Sergio Busquets, 35, Jordi Alba, 34, and the new. signature of Luis Suarez (36). It will remain a talking point all season, especially after Inter Miami missed the playoffs last year thanks in part to an injury to Messi that fueled conversation about a season-long logjam.
Gerardo Martino hasn’t given any indication of what his first line-up of the season might look like, but it’s likely that fans will see the Inter Miami stars in action. But of course, the coach will likely handle their workload by benching them at some point in the game.
La Selecta begins a new era under David Doniga, so this game will be important for the coach to start his progress at the helm of the team.
Inter Miami’s Possible lineup:
Drake Callender, DeAndre Yedlin, Tomas Aviles, Christopher McVey, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Gregore, Benjamin Cremaschi; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Facundo Farias.