Sweden goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson has declared his reservations about football enigma Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 28-year-old believes the decorated Swede Ibrahimovic would disrupt the chemistry of the current squad.
Ibrahimovic, 36, retired after Euro 2016 but has publicly declared his intention to join the Blågult squad in Russia. Earlier this week, he posted on social media reaffirming his intentions.
The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhöga #FifaWorldCup2018
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) April 15, 2018
The La Galaxy Striker however failed to publicly state the role he plans to play at the World Cup.
Johnsson, who is likely to be back-up goalkeeper this summer, thinks Ibrahimovic could upset the balance within the Sweden set-up. The EA Guingamp star said
“We managed to qualify and go through to the World Cup without him, and I think we can manage to play well at the World Cup without him,”
“But it’s up to the coach to see if he wants to bring him – and I am sure if he does join, he will play well.
“As a team, we play as a collective, all the players together. With Zlatan, as a person, as a player he’s an individualist, and the play goes around him. Instead, now, we play more the team all together.
“It’s a different style of play when you have a player like Zlatan, Cristiano [Ronaldo] or [Lionel] Messi in your team, because they’re world-class players.
“You have to use those players to win the game and play in a special way. I don’t know if the coach wants such a big change, because he’ll have to change the whole system of how he wants to play.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Jimmy Kimmel: “I’m going to the World Cup. If I say more, people will hang me but a World Cup without me wouldn’t be a World Cup.” pic.twitter.com/DJPoFlnp0i
— Soccer Memes (@SoccerMemes) April 19, 2018
Ibrahimovic who signed for LA Galaxy last month from English side Manchester United, has scored three goals in his three appearance for the Los Angeles side.