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SERIE A - Klopp on AC Milan star hitman Ibrahimovic

Published on: 08 December 2021

Commenting upon meeting AC Milan hitman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rossoneri plans, and their ongoing troubles, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, stated:

"First and foremost, I spoke to Zlatan in the tunnel; not actually spoke, we shook hands before the game in the tunnel. That’s it and I don’t think that’s an important story on a night like this. Do I think AC Milan deserves being last in the group? No. I like the project of AC Milan a lot, it is a good mix of youth and experience. It’s a really good team when they are all together. They have injury problems in the moment, obviously, and that hurts everybody. But if the group is together then it is really, really interesting what will happen here in the next few years. I’m really excited about that. Nobody in that group actually deserved to be last but maybe it can help because now the wonderful campaign in Serie A is not disrupted by [European] football anymore, now this group can concentrate on the league and maybe they can use that.

That’s football actually – that’s what you try, you organise a football team like that, that he cannot get the balls he needs or he wants. I really thought we defended exceptionally well. The plan of Milan is playing through the centre obviously, playing through the half-spaces. This is the spaces between the winger and our eights. They don’t play immediately to Zlatan, they try to bring it to the other offensive player in these spaces, and we made that really complicated because of the disciplined work of all the players. When you then get only the other balls, not the controlled ones then it’s easier to defend. But I have to say that Nat Phillips and Ibou Konate played an exceptional game, an absolutely exceptional game. How they defended that tonight is outstanding and I am really, really proud of the boys".


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