Tuttosport: Pioli decided Champions League exclusion together with Ibrahimovic

By Isak Möller -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was left out of AC Milan’s squad list for the knockout phase of the Champions League. A decision that ultimately was made by Stefano Pioli, but one that the player had a hand in. 

The Swede underwent knee surgery in the summer and has since been working on his recovery. He could perhaps get a few minutes in the game against Torino on Friday next week, but it’s still a bit uncertain.

As reported by Tuttosport, via SempreMilan, Ibrahimovic had a discussion with Pioli regarding the matter and all parties, including the upper management, agreed that it was best to leave him out. The biggest argument for that, of course, is the fact that he hasn’t played for a very long time.

Ibrahimovic took part in the first few minutes of the training session yesterday, but continued his individual program as soon as the tempo of the session increased. It’s a shame that he likely has made his last UCL appearance, but it’s a decision that also made sense.

Tags AC Milan Stefano Pioli Tottenham Zlatan Ibrahimovic


  1. Honestly, why doesn’t Ibra start training for coaching? He would need a license for being an assistant to Pioli, but he might actually be good at this.

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