Repubblica: Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been left unhappy with the Milan squad

By Oliver Fisher -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not happy with the way that the AC Milan squad appear to have coasted to the end of the current season, according to a report.

It was back in December 2023 when Ibrahimovic returned to Milan as Senior Advisor to RedBird Capital and Milan, a role that was so ambiguous in title that it also left insiders wondering what exactly he would be doing.

As time passed, we saw Zlatan begin to frequent Milanello, remaining close to the team at home and following them away. It is clear that he has some kind of relationship with the players, as confirmed by a background story from La Repubblica (via Radio Rossonera) this morning.

The paper speaks about Milan’s bizarre end to the season given the rut in form (one win in eight games), the farewell of Stefano Pioli, the potential arrival of Paulo Fonseca after the Julen Lopetegui protests and the work that needs to be done in the summer mercato.

However, Ibrahimovic ‘thundered with the players’ meaning that he was angry with what he saw from them. The reason? The Swede thought that they appeared ‘too worn out’, and thus they did not give their best when there was a job to be done professionally on the field.

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  1. And what is he going to do about it ?

    Accepting to hire a mediocre manager to tame the fans expectations next year ?


  2. He should have more power. Someone needs to smack some sense into the players. Every match should be a match the give 100% and fight for the win. That hasn’t really happened for 1-2 months now.

  3. He needs to figure out what’s wrong with the midfield. We have good players there, but there is constantly a gap like Pioli is playing 5-0-5. All the midfielders have the same type of game, basically they all are attacking minded and like to carry the ball instead of pass a good through ball. The midfield has been leaving the back vulnerable. All our midfielders are mostly worried about G/A only, that’s why they all bomb forward constantly. Need 2 strong CDM’s that specialize in breaking up play instead of worrying about scoring. It’s almost like the CDM position is waiting for a player to claim it. If I was a Milan midfielder I would think how can I stay on the pitch. I would take that CDM role nobody wants to play. Also the back 4 move the ball to slow (very slow) compared to Man City, Real Madrid etc etc.
    Individual moments carried Milan this campaign. Anyone have any info on Fonesca?

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