Stefano Pioli recognises Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s significance to Milan however insists his group’s enchancment since January isn’t solely right down to his signing.
Ibrahimovic returned to former membership Milan in January after leaving LA Galaxy on the finish of his contract in MLS.
The 38-year-old has once more been an prompt success, taking his 2020 tally to 10 targets with a brace in a 4-1 win at Sampdoria, the place he additionally supplied an help.
The consequence means the Rossoneri are unbeaten in 12 in all competitions, final shedding of their ultimate match earlier than the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic in March.
However Pioli believes Milan’s performances even earlier than the stoppage had signalled a change.
“I wish to emphasise that it’s not solely after the interruption of the season that this group is proving to have good qualities,” he informed a information convention.
“We now have been at a wonderful stage since January and have been second or third place within the kind desk throughout that interval.”
That upturn would seem to coincide with Ibrahimovic’s arrival, however Pioli says there may be extra to it.
“It’s evident that Ibra has been crucial for our development,” he stated. “Nevertheless it wasn’t simply the arrival of Ibra. It was a job carried out over the previous months, too.
“Simon Kjaer has arrived, the formation has modified and plenty of issues have modified which have allowed us to subject wonderful performances with the appropriate continuity.”
Ibrahimovic is ready to depart Milan on the finish of the season, but Pioli isn’t permitting himself to fret about that risk with one sport nonetheless remaining.
“It’s fallacious at this second for me to place the cart earlier than the horse,” he stated.
“We nonetheless need to play one sport, we all know what we’ve carried out and what we wish to do. After which it will likely be for many who need to resolve.”