Friday November 15 2019
Mancini: 'Zlatan can shine in Serie A'

Roberto Mancini thinks the Maurizio Sarri-Cristiano Ronaldo situation at Juventus has been overblown, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic "can still do very well in Serie A."

Sarri hauled Ronaldo off in the 55th minute of Juve's game against Milan last Sunday, claiming the striker was carrying an injury. However, since then Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Lithuania for Portugal and coach Fernando Santos maintains the No 7 is physically fine.

Asked about the topic by Rai Sport, Italy CT Mancini believes it is a storm in a teacup.

"It is always difficult to replace a big player, because a player with Ronaldo's qualities can always can always be expected to make a difference at any time during a game.

"It probably came after a week with some physical problems and Sarri considered it correct to take Ronaldo off. These are things that happen. I don't see anything serious, this can happen between players and coaches."

Mancini also touched on another big topic of discussion in Serie A, the potential comeback of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who Mancini managed for two seasons whilst at Inter in the mid '00s.

"Zlatan has been one of the greatest strikers in the world. He's scored so many goals. He's a physically sensational player, despite my his age, he can still do very well in Serie A.

"I don't think the pace of Serie A has changed in the last 50 years, our league could never be like the Premier League, where the referee whistles less and the games are very fast."

Ibrahimovic will be a free agent next month when his LA Galaxy contract expires and has been linked with Milan, Napoli, Bologna, Fiorentina and Manchester United.

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