Tuesday August 23 2011
Allegri: 'Why Ibra falls asleep'

Massimiliano Allegri reveals why Zlatan Ibrahimovic “falls asleep” and tips Inter for the Scudetto this season.

“I have no doubts on the favourite to take the title. I'd bet on Inter,” smiled the superstitious Milan Coach in the Corriere della Sera.

“Gian Piero Gasperini's men are my favourites for the Scudetto.”

Allegri took the title last term in his first year at San Siro and got the best out of Swede Ibrahimovic.

“I think a Coach needs to be partly a psychologist. Take Ibrahimovic. He's not an easy player to deal with, as it requires patience.

“With him you have to use both the stick and the carrot. Ibra is a strong personality and needs to be relaxed at times, while in other occasions he has to be stimulated, otherwise he falls asleep.

“Gennaro Gattuso certainly doesn't need to be stimulated – quite the opposite! He's too fired up as it is!”