Zlatan Ibrahimovic Ready To Prove The Knockout Stage Critics Was Wrong
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has met all expectations since arriving in Milan after what was considered a disappointing spell at Barcelona.
The big Swede has helped the Rossoneri surge to the top of the table in place of Ibrahimovic’s former club and city rivals Inter, whom he left to join Barcelona in 2009 in a deal Massimo Moratti once dubbed the best piece of business he had ever done.
However, the striker has finished as a league champion in the last seven seasons and Moratti may be forced to eat his words as the striker is in unrelenting form currently.
The 29-year-old has already notched four times for Milan in the UEFA Champions League and is ready to take his golden touch into the knockout stages of the competition next month when his side take on Tottenham. Ibrahimovic stated he is unconcerned by press calls that he doesn’t score in the second phase of Europe’s elite club competition, having scored three times when at Barcelona.
“When they don’t know how to complain about me they come out and start with this thing that I don’t score in Europe,” Ibra told UEFA.com
“I don’t listen, and if I do listen, it only gives me extra motivation to do better. I’m like that.”
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri noted that this season has been close to the Swedish striker’s very best.
“Ibra is probably having the best season of his career. In the past he did well but could have done better, but now he understands he has to play with, and for, the team and that he is not the only one on the pitch. He’s doing wonderful things, yet he doesn’t make his brilliance a burden for his team-mates.”
Milan take on Tottenham at San Siro on February 15, and Ibrahimovic will have another chance to prove his critics wrong.
By Andrew McLean
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