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Ibrahimovic Costly Ban

Pato e IbrahimovicJust as it was expected, Ac Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic does received a severe punishment due to his reaction towards Bari’s Marco Rossi on last Sunday’s game which saw the striker being given a straight red card, despite already booked previously.

After reviewing the incident, the arbitration decided that Ibrahimovic will receive a three match ban as his action was being classified as a violent conduct. The decision surely gives a big blow for the Rossoneri as they won’t be able to play the Swede against Inter Milan at the Derby.

Despite being tired and haven’t been performing well recently, Ibrahimovic could still be an important aspect for Milan as he can give lots of physical presence for the team that the Rossoneri have been lacking for some time up front. Many have been criticizing Ibra’s recent performance as he hasn’t seem able to show his magical form that is usually being shown in earlier matches, but in truth even when his playing bad there are several aspects on his game that are actually useful for the Red and Black squad such as his aerial ability, strength and moment of brilliance.

Without Ibrahimovic on the squad, the option for Massimilano Allegri might be playing a duet between Alexandro Pato alongside Robinho or Cassano with an attacking midfielder playing behind the duo. Another option would be playing all of the three attacking players with either Robinho or Cassano acting as the trequartista that plays behind the two front men. This options is surely something that Massimiliano Allegri will be working on at least for the upcoming match against Palermo as despite Milan’s attempt on appealing Ibra’s case, it’s obviously impossible to get the Swede back for next weekend.

Despite the negative outlook Ibra’s absentees could cost Milan for their upcoming matches, a positive aspect that can possibly be taken is the fact that the Swede striker might finally get the rest he really needed as he never really seemed to get his fitness back in recent games. The player looked so wares out mentally which pretty much effected his physical conditions and pretty much seen from his recent uninspiring performances. However, the question that should be seen in the next few games regarding Ibrahimovic’s absentees are surely which aspects that will effect the Rossoneri’s journey, the positives or negatives.


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