'A very disappointing day' - Oscar Pareja reacts to Inter Miami's 5-0 thumping of Orlando City

'A very disappointing day' - Oscar Pareja reacts to Inter Miami's 5-0 thumping of Orlando City
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Orlando City head coach Oscar Pareja was "really, really disappointed" after his side's crushing 5-0 defeat at the hands of in-state rivals Inter Miami on Saturday.

So much hype surrounded the clash between the two Florida-based clubs and many were predicting a back-and-forth game at Chase Stadium given the quality both teams possess. But the Herons came out swinging as new signing Luis Suarez opened his Miami account inside five minutes before adding another moments later.

The visiting Lions had a few half-chances in the early going, but their ineffectiveness in the final third while also being caught out in transition with their high defensive line would prove to be their demise.

"Obviously a very disappointing day for us. Recognizing from minute one to the end of the game, that didn't look like us in many areas and obviously in a team like them [Miami], we cannot permit [them] to have that many spaces and lose that many duels and give them that possibility to be sitting in our box, in those counterattacks," a deflated Pareja said after the game.

"So really, really disappointed but we're pushing as a group. You know that I have a big respect for this group, their professionalism and what they do. And if there is any responsibility, we will search to find answers, but this group, professionalism will never be on the line."

Orlando were overpowered by Miami / Thaddaeus McAdams/GettyImages

As no coach wants their team to concede an early goal, the fact that Miami found the back of the net twice through Suarez in the opening stages was a huge cause of concern for the former FC Dallas and Tijuana boss -- as a comeback became nearly impossible after the Uruguayan figure scored his second of the game inside 12 minutes.

"It's so easy for a group that comes with the illusion to compete and stay in the game, and obviously look for our best way possible together for a result, is getting an early goal and losing control of the game that early obviously doesn't help. This is not any excuse, it's just they [Miami] were better than us and we didn't do a good job today," said Pareja.

"We didn't show up today the way we are, and we will take that responsibility. This is a very bad day, to say it in front of our fans, and with the derby and all these things. But we have personality and responsibility to just put our backs into this result. We'll get better."

It was a humbling defeat for Pareja's squad and an emphatic victory for Miami and Gerardo 'Tata' Martino, leaving Orlando with much to think about as they prepare to take on Tigres in the Concacaf Champions Cup.

"Surely we'll find, probably not positive things, but we'll find some reasons that needs to be taught deeply...I mean, we're a good squad. We have tremendous players, we have had a difficult moment [today], but also we have a team who has been fighting for first place in the [Concacaf Champions Cup] tournament so surely we will review it," he said.

"What happened, and I say to the players, is that we don't have too much time to do it in the next couple of days, where you have to get your head back to the [Concacaf] competition and a very important match."

Orlando have a rather quick turnaround as they're set to play host to Tigres on Tuesday night at the Inter&Co Stadium before venturing to Estadio Universitario for the return leg on March 12.


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