AC Milan will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to his latest injury, and the numbers show just how important a reference point he is for the team.
Stefano Pioli will have to do without his centre-forward, who has decisively managed to steer and change the direction from a year ago, showing the way forward and leading his team-mates into a title challenge.
As Calciomercato.com writes, the Swede his installed a new mentality among the Rossoneri players, but looking at the numbers it is actually surprising how Milan without Ibrahimovic are more effective. The report even states: “It almost seems like it’s a better Milan without Zlatan”.
Without Zlatan Milan score more, as they have 25 in 11 games versus 24 in 13 games with the 39-year-old. In short, Ibra has shown the way and it is fundamental, but Leao and his comrades know how to function without him. The Portuguese forward has scored 5 league goals and all of them came without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, when he operated as a striker.
Of the 52 points in the standings, 26 came with Ibrahimovic, 26 without Ibrahimovic. We see that Milan have earned 26 points with him on the pitch in 13 games, while without him it is 26pts in 11 games. Therefore, the average points per game is much better with Ibra out, from 2.4 to 2.