Galaxy fans across Southern California have been eagerly anticipating word on the arrival of their newest superstar, some with an increasing sense of dread Zlatan might not make it in time for the very first El Tráfico.
The good news is, Ibrahimović is scheduled to fly into Los Angeles Thursday night. Zltan’s itinerary has Ibra training for the first time on Friday, and according to Sigi Schmid if all goes well we could very well see the Swedish striker come Saturday.
“You’re talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” said Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid, following LA’s practice Tuesday morning at StubHub Center. “You’re not talking about a normal, mortal human. I’m sure he’ll tell you the same.
“He’s a competitor. He loves to compete and he loves challenges. If you ask me is he 90 minutes fit for Saturday, no. But will he play a role in the game? Quite possibly.”
Another interesting tidbit: The LA Galaxy manager is confident Ibra’s experience will allow Zlatan to thrive in whatever formation Sigi ultimately decides to go with.
“He’s a great player. Anytime you put a great player in the lineup, it helps you,” he said. “He’s played in different systems, he’s played as a solo striker, he’s play in combination with another, he’s played in a three-man front. He’s played in a 4-2-3-1 [the Galaxy’s favored formation].
“He’s played in every system possible, and he knows how to play football. And if you know how to play football, you figure it out.”