MLS

Ibrahimovic says MLS play-offs are 's***'

By Sports Desk August 08, 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not a fan of the MLS play-offs as the LA Galaxy captain labelled the system "s***".

Unlike Europe, where Ibrahimovic has played for the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Inter, AC Milan and Juventus, MLS uses a play-off system to crown a champion.

The top seven teams from the Western and Eastern Conferences – which consist of 12 teams in each division – progress to the MLS Cup play-offs.

Ibrahimovic, however, does not like the post-season system after voicing his disapproval following Thursday's training session.

"I think the system is s***," Ibrahimovic told reporters in Los Angeles. "How can you learn mentality if you only have to reach the play-offs?"

"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," the 37-year-old added.

"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 Galaxy, who missed the play-offs last season, are fifth in the Western Conference and 15 points adrift of leaders Los Angeles FC.

Ibrahimovic – an All-Star this term – has scored 16 goals in 18 appearances for the Galaxy.

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    Team

    P

    W

    D

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    F

    A

    +-

    Pts

    1

    Naparima College

    11

    9

    2

    0

    30

    10

    20

    29

    2

    St Anthony's College

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    8

    2

    1

    35

    11

    24

    26

    3

    Presentation College

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    8

    1

    1

    26

    6

    20

    25

    4

    Carapichaima East Secondary

    11

    6

    4

    1

    21

    14

    7

    22

    5

    East Mucurapo Secondary

    11

    6

    3

    2

    23

    11

    12

    21

    6

    Queen's Royal College

    10

    6

    1

    3

    19

    20

    -1

    19

    7

    San Juan North Secondary

    11

    5

    2

    4

    26

    10

    16

    17

    8

    St Augustine Secondary

    11

    3

    4

    4

    26

    21

    5

    13

    9

    Pleasantville Secondary

    11

    4

    1

    6

    15

    17

    -2

    13

    10

    Trinity College East

    10

    3

    2

    5

    13

    17

    -4

    11

    11

    St Benedict's College

    11

    3

    1

    7

    12

    20

    -8

    10

    12

    Speyside Secondary

    11

    2

    2

    7

    14

    34

    -20

    8

    13

    Malick Secondary

    11

    2

    1

    8

    16

    26

    -10

    7

    14

    Trinity College Moka

    11

    1

    1

    9

    13

    38

    -25

    4

    15

    St Mary's College

    11

    1

    1

    9

    5

    39

    -34

    4

     

     

     

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