Atlanta United 6, Minnesota United 1: What was said


What was said following Atlanta United’s result against Minnesota United on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium:

Gerardo Martino

“I feel good with the work that the players did today. Except for the last 15 minutes of the first half, we really didn’t give them a chance to get back into the game.”

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“I was a little worried about learning how those games go because I’ve never coached a game in the snow before. Above all, in the second half, I think we played a simple game, a serious game, and avoided any problems.”

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On how the conditions affected tactics

“I think if it wasn’t so snowy we would have been able to play more like we did in the first 15 minutes or so.”

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On if the work the team did on finishing affected today’s results

“We didn’t do anything special today. The chances that we had we finished them.”

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On how he stayed warm

“I was in a big jacket and I walked a lot.”

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“I think everyone played really well. Tomorrow everyone will talk about Miguel and Joseph, but I think the team had a really good performance.”

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On what he learned that he can apply to next week’s opponent

“The first thing is to recover, like we always do, and then to review the game. Then we will start to prepare for Chicago.”

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On if there were any mementoes he wanted to keep after the game

“I will take with me how the team played in the second half. We played really well, regardless of the snow.”

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“We would have liked to have had the win in the first game, but we are happy to get it tonight.”

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Josef Martinez

“On the first chance, Miguel had the opportunity to see me. We had worked on this week that play, him finding me in the space. Luckily tonight it worked.”

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“(The second goal) was almost the same play, but this time it was Yamil. We were fortunate to recover the ball with our press and then luckily I was able to find good movement and Yamil found me with the pass.”

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“All three of the goals were kind of similar tonight. (On the third), Tito found me in front of the goal and most important thing is the finishing.”

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“It’s always nice to score, even moreso when it’s three, but the most important thing is that the team got the win tonight and it feels really good to get the first in in team history.”

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On if he’s ever played in anything like the snow on Sunday

“I’ve played in these games in Italy, and lots of times in Switzerland we played in the snow and also on the turf, but it has been a while.”

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Miguel Almiron

“I feel like we were warmed up when we took the field.”

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“On the first, we found a lot of space on the play. I was able to take it and hit it really hard. On the second, I was lucky that the ball fell to me and that I scored.”

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On what he will remember most

“Snow. No, it’s important for us to get the first win and we are gaining more trust in how we are playing. To be able to work calmly this week.”

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“No, no no. It was the first time. Historic.”

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“We try not to think like that. We try to do our job. That’s the most important thing.”

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“We were able to find the goals early. After, we were able to control the game better than we did last week. That helped us to be more relaxed.”

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Tyrone Mears

“I think it was difficult for both teams. I think we played the conditions a lot better. Our attacking players took the goals. They took advantage. Probably a little bit of poor defending, but they made the situations and finished the goals really well.”

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“We spoke about it before the game. We are obviously trying a style of play under Tata, and that’s to keep the ball and make the pitch big and use our skillful players. As you can see, with the conditions it was impossible to do that. We had to go more direct. When we did, the balls to Josef, Tito, Yamil and even Miguel were precise. We turned them. Josef was fantastic today.”

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On if he’s ever before played in anything like Sunday’s conditions

“I think it would have been called off in England, to be honest. It was difficult for the ball to roll. It was difficult conditions.”

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Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath

“The only positive we can take from today is the people who braved the elements to come out. I thought the support was incredible. It’s just a pity that we couldn’t give them any type of performance that warranted the support we got today.”

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“I’m very disappointed. I apologize for that. They didn’t deserve that.”

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“I thought there was a couple of quality finishes on their part, but I thought we were poor at the back.”

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