Head coach apologizes for confrontation with Lionel Messi and crude insult

Monterrey assistant coach Nico Sánchez has issued an apology after making derogatory remarks about Inter Miami star Lionel Messi in leaked audio. Sánchez described Messi as a “dwarf” and stated that the Argentine had “the face of the devil.”

This incident occurred following Monterrey’s 2-1 victory over Inter Miami in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions Cup quarter-final, during which tensions ran high and Inter Miami received multiple cards. In the leaked audio, Sánchez detailed a confrontation with Messi and Inter Miami head coach Tata Martino, expressing regret for the disrespectful manner in which he referred to Martino.

Despite defending his club, Sánchez offered an apology for his behavior and expressed his willingness to take responsibility for his actions. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi returned from injury and played in the 2-2 MLS draw with the Colorado Rapids.

Although he helped his team level the score and take the lead, they were unable to secure a victory. Messi is expected to play in the second leg against Monterrey, with Inter Miami’s head coach confirming Messi’s starting position in the upcoming match.

Martino acknowledged the impact that Messi has on the team and emphasized the importance of his comfort and well-being. The stage is set for a highly anticipated rematch between Monterrey and Inter Miami, with Messi’s presence expected to add further intrigue to the encounter.

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