Former AC Milan striker Jose Altafini believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic should not start the Rossoneri’s matches but rather have a very specific role.
Altafini is a man who knows what it takes to win when he appeared for Milan in the late 1950s to mid 1960s, winning two Serie A titles and a European Cup. He often returns to talk about his former team, and he shared a strong opinion on Ibrahimovic during an interview with Tuttosport.
“I think Milan should only use it in the last half hour of matches. He shouldn’t play from the start,” he (via FIF) said (via FIF).
“Against Udinese, you could see him struggling to get into the match from the start. He was not able to give his best in certain situations of the game.
“However, at the end of the match, he was able to take advantage of his tired opponents, and that’s how he should play from now on.”
Across the Italian League and the Champions League this season, Ibrahimovic played 14 matches, scored 7 goals and made 2 for his teammates. However, the interesting part of this is that the 40-year-old hasn’t scored in back-to-back games, and what better way to ignore that than to follow up on the decisive equalizer at Udine with a goal against Napoli.
With Rafael Leao, Ante Rebic and Pietro Pellegri facing off against Luciano Spalletti’s side, the Swede will be working overtime to launch the attack on his shoulders. Olivier Giroud could return, but Ibra is the comfort cap.