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Ibrahimovic wants more of the ball

SoccerNews in Serie A, UEFA Champions League 30 Sep 2011


Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes he can only score more goals if the ball is played to him more often.

Ibrahimovic is determined to prove the point against Juventus, who he played for from 2004-06, in the Serie A clash on Sunday.

The 29-year-old has only recently returned from an ankle injury and scored in his side’s 2-0 Champions League victory against Viktoria Plzen in midweek.

It was his third goal in as many matches this season, and Ibrahimovic said he can perform even better, but only if he gets some extra help.

“In the Champions League match I played in a position I really like,” he told Milan Channel.

“I can move back and forth a lot, even to help my team-mates.”

“I have more chances to do my thing and be more dangerous if I get the ball more frequently.”

Ibrahimovic went on to talk about this weekend’s clash against Juventus, , saying he is anticipating a close encounter.

“They are a really strong team, they have improved a lot when compared to last year, they have signed many players and appointed a new coach,” he said.

“And then there is our man, Andrea Pirlo, who is doing great. We should be careful, it will be very hard, just like every big match, but we must play our game because we remain favourites in Serie A, but also in the Champions League.”

Despite starting the match against the Czech side on Wednesday, Ibrahimovic said he was not yet fully fit.

“I am happy because I am feeling fine and for this I want to thank the people I worked with, but also my team-mates,” he added.

“Obviously I cannot be at 100 percent yet, but I am working every day to continue my recovery. In Wednesday’s game, I did not feel pain, but you never know what could happen.”

Meanwhile, Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini sees Ibrahimovic as the dangerman on Sunday.

“When you play against a player as good as Ibrahimovic then you have to be prepared, not just individually, but as a team,” Chiellini told Juventus Channel.

“It will be great to play against a champion like him, even better if we win.”


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