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Gonzalo Pineda admits Atlanta United have been inconsistent in 3-0 overcome Chicago Hearth


Atlanta United boss Gonzalo Pineda admitted that his aspect went by way of inconsistent durations of their 3-0 victory over Chicago Hearth on the weekend.

It was one other dominant efficiency at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Atlanta within the 2024 marketing campaign, as they’ve now scored 9 objectives and conceded simply as soon as of their three wins at their house floor. Giorgos Giakoumakis added his fifth aim of the marketing campaign Jamal Thiare added his first two objectives for the staff off the bench and the staff managed to maintain their second clear sheet of the season.

Talking after the win, Pineda was conscious of how one-sided the field rating appeared in his staff’s favor. The 5 Stripes created seven massive possibilities, recorded 21 complete pictures (seven on the right track) whereas amassing an xG of two.75 to Chicago’s 4 complete pictures (two on the right track) with an xG of simply .22.

“Sure, I noticed among the stats,” Pineda mentioned after the match. “Superb quantity of anticipated objectives, superb anticipated objectives conceded, round much less then one, which is nice. Solely two excessive worth possibilities for them, eight for us or possibly much more. So, it was it was an excellent recreation the stats most likely present that but in addition for me, the sport had totally different phases.”

The previous Seattle Sounders assistant acknowledged his staff have been on the entrance foot within the early levels however did not have something to point out for it. Atlanta notched 56% possession within the first half with the ball on Chicago’s aspect of the pitch for probably the most half earlier than Giakoumakis opened the scoring simply earlier than halftime.

“The primary 20 to half-hour, I felt that we have been creating some hazard in entrance of there, however not clear possibilities. We have been simply round their field and having mobility however not getting clear possibilities. After which after that, it was a interval of sort of inconsistency from our staff and never getting precisely what we needed. Then on the finish of the primary half a aim comes a little bit little bit of a transition second, which one thing we wish after all. If we have been going to the halftime at 0-0, it may have been a unique recreation within the second half. That helped for certain,” he mentioned.

Atlanta United won comfortably against Chicago Fire

Atlanta United received comfortably towards Chicago Hearth / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

Nevertheless, the guests pressed laborious for an equalizing aim early on within the second half whereas the 5 Stripes have been on the again foot, which Pineda was not happy about. It appeared as if Atlanta have been nonetheless within the dressing room whereas the Hearth had come out of the gates able to spoil the occasion on the Benz.

“However then even there, the primary a part of the second half was all for them they usually have been throughout us within the first 5 to 10 minutes,” the coach added. “We began the half flat. I did not like that. Then after that, I felt like we begin to do higher. After the subs I imply the primary contact for Jamal and aim and after that, after all it felt a bit extra snug for us.

“However once more, totally different components of the sport the stats say one thing. Sure, I believe we have been the higher staff as a result of we created our possibilities. However there are some components of the sport that I’m not fully proud of,” mentioned Pineda.

The 5 Stripes return to motion this Saturday to tackle Jap Convention rivals NYCFC at Yankee Stadium, nonetheless looking for their first away victory of the season.