Coming back from a nine-month injury, Zlatan pledges “a change of tone” around San Siro
Milan are on a bad run of form, losing three games in a row, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic promises to turn things around.
Zlatan to make his comeback count for Milan
The charismatic Milan leader Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been sidelined since AC Milan won their 19th scudetto title last season. The 41-year-old underwent an anterior cruciate ligament surgery which cost him 9 months of playing football.
With Milan now 18 points away from the Serie A first place behind leaders Napoli and rivals Inter, Zlatan declared that there must be “a change of tone” around AC Milan. Additionally, he said that things aren’t as bad as some make it out to be.
“When I arrived three years ago, people spoke of a situation that was worse than now. In reality, it’s not as bad as some people say,” Ibrahimovic told the club’s media channels.
“In one or two years, we did fantastic things, and we’re still doing great things.“
“I call situations like this moments, because it’s a moment where there’s been a drop and we’re struggling, but we need to return to form as quickly as possible.
“It’s not as if anybody’s happy with our form. We’re all working to change things so we can get back to how we were before the World Cup. This season is a bit different, but this isn’t an excuse.
“Is it a coincidence that this club has won 19 league titles and seven Champions Leagues? Great champions have played here. This is Milan, and Milan needs to win. Coincidences don’t exist.”
Asked about the impact he might have on his return and his eagerness to play, Zlatan replied: “I’m one of many in this team. I haven’t been available for a long time and this has been disappointing because when you’re a player, you always want to help both on and off the pitch.
“Unfortunately, in these first six or seven months, I wasn’t able to play. In good times and during difficult moments, you always want to be there because you are one of them.
“For me, football is everything. It’s where I feel at my peak, where the best of me comes out, and I transform into a different person. When I return, there will be a change in tone.”