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From France: Man United star’s departure caused club to become ‘more fragile’, teams ‘less scared’

Since his move to Manchester United, the French press cannot stop talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but not solely because of his performances for the Premier League club. His departure from the Ligue 1 champions, followed by the arrival of a new manager, has caused the team to struggle a bit, demonstrated by their rather embarrassing 2-0 loss to Toulouse at the weekend. While it might seem like a ridiculous comparison to make, the Swede’s departure appears to have had a similar effect to Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at Manchester United.

 

You might scoff at this, but Ryad Boudebouz, Montpellier’s forward, explained to Canal+, relayed by Canal Supporters, that Zlatan leaving has given everyone else in the league a boost. He said: “Ibrahimovic’s departure has made PSG more fragile. When he was here, they were way more impressive. These days, Paris are doubting themselves a bit, and the teams are less scared, we go at them and they don’t like it. “That’s it, you need to bully this Paris team. They’re talented players, if you let them play, you concede three or four.”

 

Does this sound familiar, Manchester United fans? At least Paris Saint-Germain don’t have David Moyes as their new manager.

 

http://sportwitness.co.uk/france-man-united-stars-departure-caused-club-become-fragile-teams-less-scared/

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Lingardin kommentteja:

 

 

Lingard: "Zlatan has been a leader for the team, especially when the captain’s not playing. He’s stepped up and he’s really led the team."

 

Lingard: "Zlatan helps the young lads a lot; he’s taught us, especially me, Rashford, Pogba & Fosu Mensah, and helped us through the games."

 

Lingard: "The young lads look up to #Zlatan and most of the older lads do as well. We’ve seen what he’s done in his career."

 

Zlatanille voisi kyllä jossain vaiheessa lyödä sen kapteenin nauhan käsivarteen.

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Karatepotku Jonesiin viime viikonlopun pelistä.. onneksi ei käynyt pahemmin :D

 

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Haastattelua: 

 

EXCLUSIVE: LIFE ACCORDING TO ZLATAN

 

Being in the company of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is both a unique and memorable experience. A serial winner and someone who always seems to have a smile on his face, Zlatan's desire to succeed has never wavered throughout his illustrious and trophy-laden career. Indeed, it remains as strong as ever.

 

The Swede, who netted his 400th club career goal when scoring for the second time in Sunday's win at Swansea City, sat down with official club magazine Inside United for an exclusive chat about life at United so far, during which he gave his thoughts on the city of Manchester, his love for the game and the "big things" he believes Jose Mourinho's squad can achieve. 

Here we bring you five important excerpts from Zlatan's fascinating interview, which you can read in full in the December edition of Inside United now and can also watch on MUTV on Tuesday at 19:30 GMT. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy life according to Zlatan...

 

1. I want to do more and I will do more

"I think I could have scored a couple more goals than I have done - I missed pretty good chances which I didn’t see myself doing. But it’s a different game here [in England]. Here, it’s different compared to the ones [the leagues] before. When you play a game here, there is no team controlling it, it’s back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. That’s the way the game is, you have to get used to it. With my performance, I am happy. I know I can do more, I know the team can do more and I want to do more and I will do more."

 

2. We can achieve big things

"We have a mix of ages - experienced players, young players, the quality is there. I think we can achieve big things. I said after the Liverpool game and I said it before that we just need to find the ‘click’ where we find each other. Every day that goes by, the more you get to know each other and it becomes like a family. You know what you need - I know what I need to do to get the maximum out of my team-mates and the same thing on the other side, they know what they need to bring that out of me. The pieces are there, we just need to put the puzzle together."

 

3. My advice is always to enjoy

"You must always enjoy yourself, don’t forget what we play is the thing we love. It’s our passion. We’re playing football and you need to have a balance in your head to find the right level where you enjoy it but, at the same time, you perform. When we go out there, we get our tasks for what we need to do [in matches] but, at the same time, you want to do them in a way where you enjoy also because it’s what we love, we love playing football."

 

4. Manchester is the best city

"I heard a lot of things that the city is this, the city is that, the weather is like this and the weather is like that but, so far, everything has been good. The city is the best city so far. I come from Sweden, I don’t have big expectations when it comes to… how do you say it… outside football. I’m pretty simple, I’m a family guy. For me, they come in the first phase, the rest is less important. For example, when I was living in Paris, in four years I didn’t go to see the Eiffel Tower once – I wanted them to change the Eiffel for my statue but they didn’t do it! Maybe if they do it now, I will go to visit!" [smiles]

 

5. Hard work pays back

"It’s just about timing and moment. It will click. We just wait for the moment when everything is clicking among each other, not only inside the pitch, but outside it. I don’t say things are bad because things are good. We’ve been a little unlucky in certain games but we believe and, when you believe, it will come. I like to train hard, that’s my philosophy. If you train hard, you get what you want to get. Hard work pays back, according to me… and it does after 20 years of experience."

 

Manutd.com

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/12/05/man-utd-hierarchy-encouraged-teams-improving-style-play-jose/

 

Ihan hauska kommentti Zlatanilta viimeisessä kappaleessa:

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who believes United have not got their just rewards for some strong performances in recent weeks, invited scrutiny after catching Everton defender Seamus Coleman on the head with his foot as they fell to the ground during a challenge. But Ibrahimovic denied that he had intentionally allowed his boot to hit Coleman. “It was a physical game. They played hard,” he said. “I heard one of the commentators say I kicked someone in the head on purpose, but it was a 50-50 duel and he pulled me down. Trust me, if I want to kick someone in the head, I know how to kick someone in the head and make him fall asleep. That is the only thing I have to say.”

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Zlatan mukana alustamassa Martialin 2-0-osumaa: 

 

 

 

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Jatko vielä auki, mutta eiköhän tälle vahvistus lähiaikoina saada:  

 

Manchester United: Zlatan Ibrahimovic says nothing finalised on Old Trafford future

 

The Swede, 35, joined Jose Mourinho's side last summer on a one-year deal and has scored 20 goals this season. Mourinho said on Friday he believed the club's top scorer would still be at Old Trafford in 2017-18.

 

When asked about his future, Ibrahimovic said: "We'll wait and see."

 

Ibrahimovic's goals have helped Manchester United into the EFL Cup final - where they will face Southampton - as well as the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Red Devils are also in the Europa League knockout stage.

Manchester United won the Community Shield in August and Ibrahimovic is confident of adding at least one more trophy to the collection.

 

"We have one and we can get our second one," he added. "We are still in the Europa League and FA Cup, so if we don't become champions in the Premier League at least we can try and win two or three trophies."

 

BBC.com

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Aika kova temppu. On varmasti hieman muuttanut tyyliään iän myötä ja tuntuu että osaa käyttää fyysistä etuaan nykyään erinomaisesti hyödykseen. Mahtavaa että tuli Unitediin, on ollut ilo seurata ja tuo aina pientä spesiaalia peliin mukaan. Toivottavasti jatkaa vielä ensi kaudella

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Herrera totesi espanjalaismedialle seuraavasti Zlatanista:

 

Herrera said of Ibrahimovic to Cadena Ser radio: "He appears at crucial times and we needed him in the 86th minute. He scored the goal that gave us the title.

 

"I'm asked many times about him, and I don't know what to say anymore. He is 35, he has won things in all the countries he has played in.

 

"He is competitive, he drills us about winning each game in every training session. He is a winner."

 

Herrera said without Ibrahimovic's famous character he would not be the same player, adding: "You have to put up with how competitive he is."

 

Täytyy kyllä todeta, että Zlatan on kuin tehty Unitediin, eikä tässä voi välttää vertaamasta miestä muuan Eric Cantonaan. Tulee olemaan iso menetys Ibran lähtiessä seurasta, sillä vastaavaa figuuria ei joukkueesta yksinkertaisesti löydy.

 

Kuka tietää, mitä olisi tapahtunut, jos Ferguson olisi hankkinut ruotsalaisen riveihinsä Ronaldon lähdettyä? Ehkäpä tässä silloin puhuttaisiin United-legendasta. 

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Tuossa vielä lisää statistiikkaa: 

 

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Zlatan on siis myös luonut eniten maalipaikkoja United-pelureista kuluvalla kaudella. Tuon voi samalla nähdä näpäytyksenä niille, joiden mielestä Maunon peli toimisi paremmin jonkun nuoremman ja liikkuvamman hyökkääjän hoitaessa kärkipelaajan tonttia. 

 

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Zlatan sivussa monien lähteiden mukaan tammikuuhun 2018 ristisidevamman vuoksi... Unitedin kannalta tietysti hyvä, ettei jatkosopimusta ole tehty, mutta on se todella sääli, jos ura loppuu näin. Nyt jäädään sitten odottelemaan seuran ja Zlatanin kommentteja. 

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Ei ollut vielä Mancester Unitedin nettisivuilla seuran tiedotetta asiasta, mutta Valioliigan sivuille oli ilmestynyt lista pelaajista, jotka kukin joukkue on päättänyt vapauttaa sopimuksistaan kyseisten pelaajien sopimusten umpeutuessa 30.6.2017. Mukana tällä listalla on ainoana Unitedin pelaajana Ibrahimovic, mikä ei sinällään ole täysin mykistävä uutinen. Odotellaan vielä Unitedin vahvistusta asialle, mutta itseäni kyllä harmittaa, että miehen visiitti Unitedissa kesti vain 1 kauden verran, sillä ruotsalaisella olisi ollut kyllä vielä paljon annettavaa joukkueelle. Mutta elämä jatkuu Zlatanin jälkeenkin.

 

PremierLeague.com

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Eiköhän tuo Zlatanin kokema loukkaantuminen vaikuttanut aika paljon Manun päätökseen. Nyt ilmeisesti Manu Mourinho haluaa Morataa Zlataniksi Zlatanin paikalle. Saa nähdä miten siinä käy, potentiaalinen kaveri, kovin tehokas ei kylläkään ole vielä urallaan ollut. Toki nyt veti Madridissa jämäminuuteilla ihan ok.

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