Pioli responds to speculation over Ibrahimovic’s reaction: “We are all in the same direction”

By Isak Möller -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was visibly upset when he was subbed against Lille mid-week, with his side down 3-0. It was Milan’s first loss since March and some speculated whether the Swede was angry with Stefano Pioli. 

However, as already explained by Corriere Della Sera this morning, Ibrahimovic was upset with himself and his teammates. In other words, not Pioli, with whom he has a great relationship that is based on respect.

During the usual press conference, on the eve of Milan-Verona, the manager himself was asked about Ibrahimovic’s reaction and explained that it was indeed nothing. No drama, therefore, which is crucial for the Rossoneri as they look to bounce back.

“Ibra? I always talk to the players, we are all in the same direction, there was no need for interventions. We know that on Thursday the level was not optimal but we have the qualities to make up for it”, he said as cited by MilanNews.

Ibrahimovic is expected to play from the first minute as usual tomorrow, hoping to get on the scoresheet for the fifth consecutive league game. He has seven goals already, despite playing just five games (due to COVID-19).

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