GdS: Furious Ibrahimovic charged up for the derby – he takes strength and inspiration from defeat

By Oliver Fisher -

No player takes a defeat well, especially one like the 2-0 loss to Spezia without a shot on target, but that is especially the case for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), Ibrahimovic was furious after the defeat in La Spezia. His frustration, obviously, was shared by the whole team but the Swede in particular was saddened by the result and performance, and his dissatisfaction was already visible on the pitch.

However, the paper claims that yesterday at Milanello the 39-year-old was in a good mood, ready to put the anger of Saturday  behind him and to push on for the next game. Ibra suffers more than any other player after a defeat and does nothing to hide his anger in front of the cameras, but from that he draws strength and new inspiration.

Stefano Pioli is likely to let him rest in the Europa League, leaving the centre-forward position vacant for Mario Mandzukic to make his first start, and this is an indicator of how we might see his workload managed.

Yesterday, CEO Ivan Gazidis hinted at a possible new deal: “If he continues to play like this, if he physically succeeds and if his family will accept the fact that he continues in Italy… Why not go on?”

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