Demetrio Albertini: AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn't suit Barcelona's style of play

The former Italy international has stated that the powerful striker didn't succeed at Camp Nou because his characteristics don't suit the Catalans' tactical set-up
Former AC Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini, who also wore the Barcelona jersey for one season, has voiced his opinion that Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not succeed in Catalunya because he did not fit their style of play.

The Sweden international joined Barcelona from Inter in the summer of 2009, but left Camp Nou again only one year later when he he moved to Milan, and Albertini feels Ibrahimovic made the wrong decision in signing for Barca.

"For me, Ibrahimovic is among the five best in the world. I just think that he didn't suit Barcelona's style of play, though," Albertini was quoted as saying by Marca.

"Barcelona play a certain style of football with set patterns. This philosophy doesn't suit him. He needs his space to make his individual actions, like he does at Milan now.

"Zlatan is a real winner, but his football was not for Barcelona.

"I think that both parties made a mistake - Barcelona when they decided to sign him and Ibrahimovic when he opted to join them."

Ibrahimovic takes on his former club at San Siro on Wednesday evening in their Champions League Group H game as the two sides duke it out for top spot.

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