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Touchline Talk

Inter Miami extended its unbeaten run to four games and kept its second consecutive clean sheet with its 0-1 victory away against FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium on Saturday night. 

Following defender Brek Shea’s last-minute winner, head coach Phil Neville shared his pride in his team’s ‘never give up’ attitude. 

“The three points are another sign, another signal, another little notch on our wall that this team never knows when it’s beat, never knows when to give up, never knows when to stop trying to win the game of fútbol,” said Neville.

Shea believes that the team’s unity and belief in each other are what ultimately pushed them to get the three points.

“We’ve banded together and been playing the system, fighting for each other, and [are] starting to believe and doing everything right and fighting all the way to the end like tonight,” said Shea.

Neville was also quick to praise the three center backs, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Christian Makoun, and Nico Figal, who have all been instrumental in the Club’s success this season.

“The three of them, you can’t separate them. You tell me who’s been playing the best, I’d say that all three of them have been really, really sensational. I think they’ve been the best players over the last month in terms of the catalyst to go on this run [of form].”

“They’ve given us a great foundation…It’s more the control that they give us in terms of finding the extra player and dominating possession a lot more, and just their composure on the ball.”

Lastly, Neville stressed that the team must stay grounded while also emphasizing just how much everyone has improved in such a short span of time.

“We just need to keep our momentum, we just need to keep our feet on the floor…We’ve got a team that’s got confidence, we got a team that’s together, and we got a team probably that three months ago, five months ago, six months ago, this time last year wouldn’t have won this game, and that’s how far we’ve come,” concluded Neville.

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