AC Milan are not as reliant on striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as perhaps some initially believed they were, and the results prove it.
As MilanNews writes, if a sample size of three or four games without Ibrahimovic was not enough to construe that Milan can cope just fine without the Swede, now after ten games it feels like a more concrete hypothesis.
Milan went to Lille on Thursday night – the only team to beat them post lockdown – and got a point when they could have had even more. Against Fiorentina they will need to show that they can be effective in attack again, but all the signs are positive.
Milan’s first appearance without Ibrahimovic dates back to a rest granted to him by Pioli for the game against SPAL in the Coppa Italia, which ended in a 3-0 win back in February.
Since then, Milan have played nine matches with Milan without Ibra and have not lost one. Instead the record is positive: seven wins and three draws, including good results against top opponents like Juventus (0-0 draw in the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg) and Roma (2-0 win at San Siro).
Therefore, the report adds that to speak of Milan’s total dependency on Ibra would be wrong, but to speak of a total independence would be equally as foolish.
What it does show though is that the 39-year-old continues to impart his mentality on the squad even when he cannot play or train, but the good news is that Ibra will undergo a medical check-up next week to see how well the hamstring injury is healing.
Milan are waiting for him, but in the meantime they continue their streak of positive results without their top scorer.