LA Galaxy captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made it crystal clear he is no fan of the MLS play-off after branding the system as “s***”.
Ibrahimovic is currently in the middle of his second season of MLS football, where he has scored 16 goals in 18 games to help Galaxy to fifth-place in the Western Conference standings.
With just 11 league matches left, Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side are in strong contention to be one of the seven Western teams to reach the playoffs as six points separate them from Portland in eighth.
But Ibrahimovic, who has won league titles with Ajax, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, doesn’t like the idea of a league champion being crowned via a play-off system.
“I think the system is s***. How can you learn mentality if you only have to reach the play-offs?” said Ibrahimovic, according to Goal.
“You just need to win the play-offs, and that’s it. The results in each game are important, but here, if you come in seventh place, you make the play-offs and win, you are champion.
“For me, the mentality is every day, training the way you train is the way you play a game, and with the MLS system, how do you create that mentality to be in your toes 24 hours?”
The big Swede will return to action for Galaxy on Monday away to DC United in another league match.
FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders will then come up before Galaxy meet Cruz Azul in the Leagues cup semi-finals on August 21. They will then take on local rivals Los Angeles FC, who sit 15 points above them in the standings, just five days later.
While he may not fancy the post-season play-off system, Ibrahimovic will be keen to enter it this time around after missing out by a single point last season.
— Delmy Barillas (@DelmyBarillas) August 8, 2019