Milan director Maldini discusses Ibrahimovic, the mercato and Pioli’s switch to 4-4-2

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan director Paolo Maldini has backed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make a big difference to the current squad, insisting 4-4-2 is the ‘best’ system for the Rossoneri at present.

Milan cruised into the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia thanks to a 3-0 win over SPAL at San Siro, the 11th season in a row they have made the final eight of the competition.

There was to be no banana skin against Serie A’s bottom-placed side as the Rossoneri got the job done in a professional manner thanks to goals from Krzysztof Piatek, Samu Castillejo and Theo Hernandez.

The game was broadcast in Italy by Rai Sport, and before the match Maldini gave an interview to their cameras, with his words transcribed by MilanNews.it.

“Ibrahimovic? He is a leader, an important player. He came because he is still able to play at high levels and he has shown it,” the former Milan captain said.

Stefano Pioli has chosen to use a 4-4-2 formation for the past two competitive games now, something which Maldini believes is bringing the best out of the team.

“The team can adapt to various modules, at this moment it seems the one that works best.”

There are plenty of rumours regarding the transfer market at present, as to be expected, but Maldini remained coy about any potential business.

“Let’s wait and see,” he said.

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