'Ibra has improved us in many ways' - Milan boss Pioli praises veteran's impact on Serie A side
ZlatanIbrahimovichas made a decisive impact at Milan on and off the pitch since joining in January, according to head coach Stefano Pioli.
The 38-year-old's arrival has coincided with an upturn in form for Milan in the second half of the campaign, including a run of 11 games without defeat since last month's restart, and Pioli has underlinedIbrahimovic'simportance to the side,not onlyin terms ofscoring goals but also creating opportunities for others.
"Ibra has improved us in many ways on the pitch, giving ussolutionswe didn't previously have," Pioli said at a pre-match news conference on Tuesday."He has an important presence both physically and technically and creates a lot of space for his team-mates. Regarding his personality and character, he was definitely decisive."
Centre-back Simon Kjaer has also impressed since joining from Sevilla at the turn of the year, forming a solid partnership with Alessio Romagnoli at the heart of the defence.
Pioli, who last week agreed a new two-year deal to stay on as Milan boss, is after more of the same from his in-form side ahead of the trip to Sampdoria.
"Kjaer is doing well and is another January signing that has contributed in an important way," Pioli said."We now have a couple of games remaining. We should face each game with the right determination and concentration.
"The matches must be played with great respect. Sampdoria are doing well and gave Juventus difficulties. They are playing with ease because they have reached their target."
"We have to believe we can catch them," he said. "We don't have much time and it is not just up to us.
Source : goal.com
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