Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be forced to work ‘overtime’ over the coming days given the absence of Stefano Pioli due to Coronavirus, a report claims.
First team coach Daniele Bonera has undergone a sudden and obligatory “promotion” of sorts as he will become the front man on the bench, having to replace both Pioli and his assistant Giacomo Murelli, both of whom have Coronavirus.
As Thursday’s edition of Tuttosport reports (via MilanNews), Milan are left clinging to Zlatan Ibrahimovic now more than ever, given that Milan will still have to take the field at the Stadio San Paolo for a crucial game against Napoli without their leader on the touchline.
Ibrahimovic is the only player in the squad who has experienced a victory at Napoli with Milan (in 2010), and the burden of being the most representative and charismatic player in the group will be felt once again by the 39-year-old.
Zlatan took advantage of the international break to rest, but given the circumstances his role as coach on the pitch becomes even more important. Leading the team from the bench will be Bonera (also 39 years old), but the Swede will have to control his team on the pitch.
In recent days at Milanello the group are working even more while Pioli watches from a drone camera. The equilibrium of Milan revolves around Ibra, called to work overtime without Pioli and Murelli.