There might be a new man in the dugout for Charlotte FC this weekend but the expectations remain the same.

Following the shock sacking of first-ever head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez, Christian Lattanzio takes over Major League Soccer’s newest club on an interim basis.

The Italian’s first test comes this weekend as Charlotte host the New York Red Bulls and speaking to reporters ahead of that match, Lattanzio insisted his players will maintain the same high standards that have seen them climb to eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, despite still finding their feet in MLS.

“My expectations of the team are to be competitive from the first to the last minute and to try and impose our game,” he said. “No coach can guarantee the result, not even the biggest coaches on the biggest teams. What we have to focus on is the performance and the process.

“On that, I think us and the players have a kind of certain control. The intensity we put, the organization that we have, how we support each other on the pitch. And so, my expectations are that we will go and compete against everybody, everywhere.”

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