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Inter Miami boss on why he had to ask Lionel Messi to ‘relax’ after recent outing: ‘He was very bitter’

Inter Miami head coach Tata Martino has, on Thursday, provided an insight into the winning mentality still on display on the part of star man Lionel Messi.

Veteran attacker Messi, of course, is currently in the thick of what has proven a hugely productive start to life in the United States of America.

After adding to his trophy cabinet by way of the Leagues Cup late last month, the Argentine has guided Inter to another showpiece occasion in two weeks’ time, too, when they are set to lock horns with the Houston Dynamo for the US Open Cup.

On the league front, meanwhile, Messi has managed a goal and two assists in three appearances, to guide his new club off the foot of the MLS Eastern Conference standings.

And yet, if the latest comments on the part the aforementioned Tata Martino are anything to go by, then the World Cup winner, evidently, remains hungry for more.

Speaking to the media earlier today, Inter’s head coach provided an insight into an unpleasant recent exchange he went through with Messi.

This marks the only fixture to date in which Messi has featured from which Inter have failed to emerge victorious.

And this left the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner furious, according to his boss, who was forced to intervene to calm Messi down at the DRV PNK Stadium:

‘Leo was visibly frustrated after our scoreless draw against Nashville,’ Martino began. ‘I had to tell him ‘’relax, we’re not going to win every game.’’ He was very bitter. He’s on a permanent quest to win and it’s very difficult to change that mentality.’

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