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CONCACAF Champions Cup Quarter-final: Inter Miami CF vs Monterrey Preview & Lineups

 

Sunshine Showdown: Inter Miami Host Monterrey in Crucial CONCACAF Champions Cup Clash

The CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinals heat up as Inter Miami CF welcomes Liga MX giants Monterrey to DRV PNK Stadium on Wednesday, April 10th. This clash marks the second leg of the tie, with Monterrey holding a narrow 2-1 lead from the first meeting in Mexico.

David vs Goliath in Miami?

  • Inter Miami CF: The David in this matchup, Inter Miami finds themselves in unfamiliar territory. Despite a middling run in Major League Soccer (MLS), they've defied expectations in the Champions Cup, reaching the knockout stages for the first time. All eyes will be on the return of Lionel Messi, who missed the first leg due to injury. His experience and leadership will be crucial if Inter Miami hopes to overcome the deficit. Joining him will likely be the attacking trio of Luis Suarez and Alejandro Pozuelo, aiming to break down Monterrey's defense.

  • Monterrey Rayados: The experienced campaigners of Monterrey come into this match as favorites. Led by the tactical prowess of manager Fernando Ortiz, they boast a strong record in the Champions League, having reached the semi-finals in the 2020/21 edition. Their attacking firepower, featuring Rogelio Funes Mori and Maxi Meza, will look to exploit any defensive frailties in Inter Miami's setup. However, they can't afford complacency, as Inter Miami's home advantage and passionate fans could create an unpredictable atmosphere.

Predicted Lineups:

Inter Miami CF (4-3-3):

  • Goalkeeper: Nick Marsman
  • Defenders: Kelvin Leerdam, Damion Lowe, Nick Figuereo, Christian Makoun
  • Midfielders: Jean Mota, Wil Trapp (C), Victor Lopez
  • Forwards: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Alejandro Pozuelo

Monterrey Rayados (4-2-3-1):

  • Goalkeeper: Esteban Andrada
  • Defenders: Hector Moreno, Cesar Montes, Sebastian Vegas, Erick Aguirre
  • Midfielders: Celso Ortiz, Carlos Rodriguez
  • Forwards: Alfonso Gonzalez, Maxi Meza, Sebastian Caceres
  • Forward: Rogelio Funes Mori

Can Miami Overcome the Odds?

The atmosphere at DRV PNK Stadium will be electric as Inter Miami seeks a historic comeback. A strong start and an early goal are crucial to shift momentum and put pressure on Monterrey. Messi's presence will be a massive boost for Inter Miami's attacking threat.

Monterrey, however, will be determined to protect their lead and exploit any counter-attacking opportunities. Their experience in high-pressure situations could prove vital.

This second leg promises to be a thrilling encounter with a lot at stake. Will Inter Miami pull off a miracle or will Monterrey march on to the semi-finals? Tune in on Wednesday to find out!

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