Back in December 2019 AC Milan lost 5-0 against Atalanta to spark a resurgence, one the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped, and history could repeat itself.
Tuttosport (via MilanNews) recall how the arrival of Ibrahimovic and the spell between December 2019 and January 2021 is seen by everyone as the moment where Milan began to build the resurgence we have seen up to today, culminating in the Scudetto win last season.
The Swede’s mental strength, his experience and his incredible hunger gave strength to a squad that needed it, and after two and a half years Milan returned to being a real collective unit again.
Today the team find themselves in a similar situation and the third chapter of the story between Milan and Ibrahimovic will be necessary. The 41-year-old will come back from his knee surgery and aim to cure the psychology of a group that are struggling with a difficult moment.
Zlatan certainly has reasons to give something back to Milan, just as the club recognised his commitment and central role in the run-up to the Scudetto by giving him a new contract even when his knee needed a serious operation.
He has often been seen in the stands next to the dugout guiding his team-mates as if he were an assistant coach and now he is back at Milanello where he can be closer to the team and will be able to interact more frequently with them.
Zlatan is never seen at away games. Not having him there always seems to be a bad sign.
Just let him stick to Pioli like his shadowl
Well… For sure Milan cannot play any worse with him than without him (even in the stands). Look at the results when he has been away (e.g. Inter & Lazio). Nuff said.
And who wants to make a bet on how many matches he needs to overtake Origi in goals scored? My money is on two or three. And even those matches are some scrappy minutes at the end of the matches.