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Inter Miami confirms Tata Martino as new head coach

Tata Martino

Inter Miami has revealed that Argentine coach Tata Martino will join the team this summer, after much speculation.

In 2013, Martino coached future Miami Heat stars Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets at Barcelona. He also guided Argentina to the World Cup Final in 2014 and Atlanta United to the MLS Cup in 2018.

“I’m very excited to join a big club like Inter Miami and I know together we can accomplish many great things,” Martino told the press. “The club has the infrastructure necessary to be a major competitor in the region, and I believe that with everyone’s hard work and commitment, we can get there.”

Martino has a lot of work to do to make Miami competitive. The team is in last place in the MLS Eastern Conference and has the lowest goal difference in the league.

While big-name additions like Messi and Busquets might help Miami, history suggests that they aren’t a quick remedy. The Los Angeles Galaxy won just two of their six games after Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in March 2018, and one of their eight games after David Beckham arrived in July 2007.

Nonetheless, many in Miami feel Messi’s talent and Martino’s technical knowledge will have an immediate impact.

“Tata [Martino] has a proven track record of success in this league and on several other major stages of soccer,” Inter Miami sporting director Chris Henderson said. “He knows what it takes to win in the MLS, and we’re confident that’s what he’ll bring to Inter Miami.”