AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimović explains why Mbappé reminds him of Ronaldo Fenômeno and why he admires Haaland

Only four points separate the top four teams in Serie A, and only three points between second-placed Milan and fourth-placed Napoli as the two meet on Sunday in a tough match.

Paramount+ and CBS Sports give their coverage on the road to the legendary San Siro in Milan, where Serie A analyst Matteo Bonetti and play commentator by Andres Cordero will be on site to call the match, along with former Serie A star Cristian. “Bobo” Vieri as Special Guest Analyst.

Before the showdown, Zlatan Ibrahimovic sat down with Aaron West to discuss what he sees in the sport’s young stars in an exclusive interview that will air during coverage on Paramount+ and CBS Sports. The 40-year-old Ibrahimovic referred to the intelligence and drive in Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. Their movement is a next-level skill similar to how Zlatan managed to reach scoring positions at his age, which is what makes him such a fan of their work.

“I like the best players as much as possible,” Ibrahimovic-Lost said. “But when you are a soccer player or a soccer player, you can see the way they think, the way they move, the way they do it. I like these players who anticipate things before they happen.

“I think Mbappe is a reminder of Ronaldo Finomino. He’s very elegant at his game. I mean, you have all the other great players but when we talk about young players, we talk about Haaland. Haaland is good because I think he’s obsessed with goals, and he doesn’t do more than he needs to do.” It’s so you just focus on the goals.And that’s also what you can see in the player because you have some guys who think they can do more than they can that’s not smart.

“In Haaland, I see this intelligence – he just wants to score goals and knows he can score and he’s just trying to do it.”

You can watch all Paris Saint-Germain Champions League matches and Borussia Dortmund’s Europa League matches on Paramount+.

As for Sunday’s game, Napoli will have a tough time containing Zlatan’s movement if they turn back the clock. But if they can, it will be key to a much-needed victory that will put them on points with Milan and lead on goal difference in the race for the Scudetto.

Napoli were flying high in the league until injuries to Victor Osimhen, Kalidou Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz derailed their performance. Loser in three of the last five, Luciano Spalletti will be looking for a way to freshen things up for a significant hit here. But going to Milan would be a difficult task because now in good health, Ibrahimovic slips into the Serie A top scorer table with seven goals and one pass while Theo Hernandez was a threat from the left-back with five assists and one goal. Matches played so far.

How do you monitor the odds?

Date: Sunday, December 19. | time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: San Siro – Milan, Italy
Television: CBS Sports | Live broadcast: Paramount +
Prospect: Milan +128; draw +245; Naples +210 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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prediction

Napoli hope that this match will come at a different time because I don’t think they will be able to contain Milan in a free game. picking Milan 3, Naples 2

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