GdS: Ibrahimovic’s performance against Fiorentina changes Pioli’s plans

By Oliver Fisher -

Milan head coach Stefano Pioli may change his plans regarding how he will use Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud, according to a report.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) writes that prior to the game against Fiorentina Pioli’s plan was simple: start Ibrahimovic against La Viola and play Giroud from the first minute against Atletico Madrid. However, the Swede’s brace in Florence could change his ideas and now he is looking to start in the Spanish capital too.

With Milan three goals down it was once again Ibrahimovic who netted twice in quick succession to really give Pioli’s men hope. Even if the equalising goal never came, the Swede seems to have found his best form and he has now played for 90 minutes twice in the last two games.

In terms of condition Ibrahimovic is fine and wants to play as much as possible, especially in matches like the one on Wednesday at the Wanda Metropolitano which represents a win-or-bust situation for Milan. Pioli is now thinking about starting him, but if he is not 100% then Giroud is poised.

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  1. Pioli must stop using Giroud as a starting player, Zlatan is the one who should play from the start especially on crucial CL games, if zlatan had played more against Porto Milan would probably have won

  2. We need to pray hard so that ZLATAN will be in good health and form without injury..but we need to tighten our defence in order to win the league

  3. So, because Ibra scored twice in a game he could have scored about 5, people are going besides themselves?

    The truth is Ibra shouldn’t have started against Fiorentina. He wasted chances after chances in the first half and Milan ended with a 2-goal deficit.

    His first goal was luck. Some stupid mistake at the back by Fiorentina. By then the score was 3-0. Question, if Ibra had scored earlier the situation wouldn’t have been tough.

    Again, Giroud had been brought on before Ibra scored. So, technically there’s the possibility that Olivier became the focus of the makeshift Fiorentina defence that Milan couldn’t breach until some players like Giroud enter the field – even if it was him that scored directly.

    Ibra needs to be properly managed. I don’t think he deserves a renewal – except he’s going to take a massive pay-cut. With each year, he’s going to get slower and not as effective as the team needs.

    The defence and goalkeeper hurt the team in Florence, but the attack has it shares of the blame for not pulling a goal back until it became 3–0.

    1. So you mean France won World Cup 2018 only because of Giroud and nothing is done by Griezmann and Mbappe.
      Giroud is best in holding the ball and shuffling the defences by his movements in final third.
      No player in football has accuracy of 100%conversion rate.
      First goal is luck… Ha ha ha ha have you seen the strike.
      Ibra is slow only in running but he has more striking power than most of young players.
      Ibra scored with the mistakes of firentina defence, then firentina scored 2 easy goals from Milan defence mistakes. Even Ibra personality helped to stop the ball and strike the first goal no other can do it except Rebic sometimes.
      Ibra earns 7Million with bonuses which could mean he earns less than that if he don’t score minimum no of goals/play minimum no of matches.
      Milan earns more than what they pay to Zlatan by using his name.

      You are just a foolish guy who hates Zlatan

      And remember Zlatan will be sponsoring for Vlahovic transfer to Milan. It will be morethan what Milan paid to Zlatan for 3.5years

      1. Ibra was responsible for Sweden going for playoff when they should have qualified by beating Georgia.

        As good as Ibra is, no team in the world will pay him what he’s getting from Milan – except he goes to Asia. It’s a rip-off and he wants a renewal.

        Milan’s defence made mistakes, but it is criminal that Ibra led an attack that couldn’t score against a makeshift defence for nearly 60mins until Milan was down by 3 goals.

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