Given Inter Miami's current predicament, you'd forgive Phil Neville for feeling a bit down in the dumps.
The Herons have taken just a single point from their opening five games of the 2022 MLS season, scoring only one non-penalty goal and conceding 13 times.
Up next is a testing home tie against 2021 Supporters' Shield winners New England Revolution. But rather than letting the misery get on top of his team, Neville is focusing on keeping spirits high with 'fun' training sessions.
“What we’ve tried to do in training, which I think is really important, is there’s still got to be an element of fun,” Neville said.
“There’s still got to be an element of enjoyment in the work that we do, because that’s what football is all about, that’s what life is all about. That’s been really key to get the balance right."
None of that is to say Inter Miami aren't feeling the heat. Neville conceded his players are 'feeling the frustration', but are trying to channel that energy into putting things right.
“They’re a brilliant group of players who so desperately want to do well and to succeed,” he added. “We’re all feeling the frustration, we’re all feeling the pain, we’re all feeling the anger in terms of the results and we want to put that right.”
Following their clash with the Revs, Inter Miami travel to the Seattle Sounders before making their US Open Cup debut against Miami FC.