Tuesday December 14 2010
Ibra is like Van Basten, says Sacchi

Arrigo Sacchi feels Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn't necessarily better than Marco Van Basten, but adds that he certainly isn't worth any less as a player to Milan.

This morning's La Gazzetta dello Sport has a picture of Ibrahimovic on its front page pulling on a mask of Van Basten, suggesting that they are in fact one and the same.

"I don't believe it's right to judge whether Ibra or Marco is better," Sacchi wrote in his column. "I would be less objective having coached Marco and benefited from his extraordinary ability.

"However, I must recognise that the actual Ibra is not worth any less. Marco was perhaps more elegant and until this year more capable [than Ibra] of linking with the team.

"Ibra hadn't always showed continuity and the ability to move himself with and for the team across the entire pitch until this season.

"The Swede has returned [to Italy] after being a partial failure at Barcelona with the desire to redeem himself which has increased his openness [to work for the team] and today he has completely exploded.

"He collaborates in defence, and in attack he doesn't just exploit his technical and physical potential, but moves in the time that the team wishes.

"If he keeps going this way, Ibra will equal Van Basten in international victories and individual achievements.

"Marco won three Ballon d'Or awards. Ibra has matured and has transformed from a soloist into a complete footballer."