Zlatan Ibrahimovic has lifted the lid on how he tried to make an instant impact upon his return to AC Milan, starting with transforming the way the squad train.
A lot has been said in the media through pundits, other players and fans about the way that Ibrahimovic has helped lift the club since he rejoined during the 2019-20 season. As a man who has won almost everything there is to win and has played for multiple elite coaches across his over two-decade career, the knowledge that the Swede must have is undeniable.
Ibrahimovic spoke to the newspaper Il Corriere dello Sport as part of a promotion for his new book Adrenalina which is out tomorrow, which takes a look back at his rise to becoming one of the game’s biggest stars. As part of it, he discussed his arrival at Milan and what he knew he had to change.
“At the beginning nobody ran in training. I faced them one by one, and not on the sidelines, in front of the others: in training you have to kill yourself with work,” he said (via Calciomercato.com).
“If I run, if I kill myself, my partner will run and kill himself for me. Everyone understood it, except one. Leao didn’t pay attention to me at first. He got there on his own. In fact he has improved a lot.”