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Gonzalo Pineda hails ‘group effort’ in Atlanta United’s win over Inter Miami

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Atlanta United head coach Gonzalo Pineda was filled with reward at full-time after his aspect placed on a clinic towards Inter Miami, who have been with out Lionel Messi on the evening.

Though a number of Atlanta gamers placed on sensible performances at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday evening, the previous Seattle Sounders assistant coach believed that the collective effort propelled his group to a few factors in entrance of 71,365 followers.

“Properly, I might say everybody, we have been simply speaking briefly within the teaching workers simply now [after the game] and we’re speaking about [how] everybody had an amazing recreation,” mentioned Pineda in a postgame press convention.

“I imply, Brad [Guzan] made some good saves, managing, controlling the tempo, very composed, good chief. As a group, I believe we did nice, seven assists in a single recreation is an enormous, huge achievement for the franchise. After which Thiago [Almada] having 15 assists, you understand, is the primary by way of helping in a single single season [in club history], so very proud of all of them.”

Pineda defined that so lots of his gamers placed on wonderful showings that it would not be honest to proceed highlighting just a few gamers.

“So, while you begin to bear in mind these names, you begin to theink about all the great actions that that they had tonight. So it might be unfair for me simply to focus on one as a result of it was a group effort.”

Pineda identified that earlier than the sport, he made certain to inform his gamers that they needed to give attention to their recreation and never a couple of sure Lionel Messi, who ended up not touring with the Miami squad to Atlanta.

“Sure, it’s Messi, Jordi Alba, [Facundo] Farias, [Sergio] Busquets, Tata Martino and Josef Martinez coming again to the Benz… I imply numerous issues which can be on the market within the environment and the whole lot appears to be about Inter Miami and Messi. And I informed them (the gamers) that now we have to show that right down to it is about us, it is about Atlanta United. In that sense, I informed them: now we have to play our recreation.”

The 5 Stripes did simply that regardless of trailing halfway by the primary half, and the house aspect went on to attain three targets in eight minutes simply earlier than half time.

Above all, Pineda was pleased with his aspect for enjoying their model of soccer and never letting any exterior elements affect their preparation and efficiency within the win.

“I can’t be extra pleased with the group, the mentality… tonight they confirmed coronary heart, they confirmed ardour, they confirmed intelligence, good soccer,” Pineda mentioned.

Atlanta, in sixth place within the Jap Convention with 45 factors, might be trying to take that ‘good soccer’ into their subsequent matchup as they tackle DC United at Audi Subject on September 20 with simply 5 video games remaining within the common season.

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