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Phil Neville calls for Inter Miami to 'play with more freedom' against Houston Dynamo

Chris Smith
Neville has had a rough time as Inter Miami head coach so far.
Neville has had a rough time as Inter Miami head coach so far. / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

Phil Neville has called upon his Inter Miami players to 'play with a little more freedom' as he seeks to get their faltering season back on track.

The Herons kicked off the 2022 campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to the Chicago Fire and have lost every game since, conceding ten goals and scoring just two.

Heading into this weekend's clash at home to the Houston Dynamo, Miami are ranked close to the bottom in MLS for key attacking metrics such as shots on target, expected goals (xG), and touches in the opposition box.

But Neville has been hard at work with his players over the international break and is hoping they're ready to turn a corner.

“I want to see a team play with freedom, with excitement, with enjoyment, scoring goals, playing attacking football; that’s what I want to see against Houston," Neville said on Tuesday. "I want them to get the shackles off; I want them to play with a little more freedom.

"They are a great bunch of guys that just want to do well for this football club. They’ve gelled together so well; now they just need to transfer that out onto the pitch. The things I see in training, really, really excite me; the things I see in training are really positive."

Reflecting the view of his head coach, Costa Rican forward Ariel Lassiter insisted the mood among the players is positive and that everyone is pulling in the same direction to try and make Inter Miami successful.

“We’re excited to be back home. The team needs a win, we need to win for our fans," said Lassiter, who joined Miami from the Dynamo this offseason.

"We know what we have to do, we’ve been very focused and we have a good mentality going into the weekend. We’re looking to get three points and I think we are ready to do that.

“I definitely see a hunger within the group. There is no finger-pointing. We all know that we’re in this together. We all know the situation that we’re in. I think we are very united as a team both on and off the pitch; once we get the first one [the first win] more will come."