There is simply no denying the fact that over the last few months life has been a lot easier for AC Milan with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the pitch.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) reports on Friday, the 38-year-old – who will turn 39 next month – is playing with the youthful energy of a player who has just burst onto the scene. The Swede is determined to take Milan back to where they were when he left: the Champions League.
Head coach Stefano Pioli put him at the centre of the club’s plans, and his team-mates feel the charisma that he brings plus the chemistry that he is developing with Hakan Calhanoglu.
On Thursday night against Shamrock Rovers it was predictably Ibra who scored the first goal of the 2020-21 campaign and he also had a hand in the second, carrying the group on his shoulders after a complicated start.
His reactivity is no longer what it used to be, but today’s Ibrahimovic knows how to exploit his enormous qualities even more. Zlatan always knows where to stand and how to pressure his opponents. That is why Pioli insisted with the club that he stay, and Ibra still has a point to prove.