“I came here to win the Champions League and I’ll continue working towards that objective. I want to continue playing for the best club in the world. I'm staying at Barca", said Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahomovic.
And so one of the main transfer sagas of the summer is finally over. Ibrahimovic isn't going anywhere; he's going to stay in the club which he considers to be the best in the world.
Ibrahimovic came to Barcelona during the summer of 2009, but, in his first season, he failed to live up to expectations. He scored 21 goals in 41 matches, far from brilliant for a player with Ibrahimovic's talent. Furthermore, he never seemed to fit in Barcelona's style of football and, against Inter, when the team needed him more, he didn't step up to the occasion.
But that was last season. 2010/2011 will be a whole different story. Pep Guardiola knows it and he has said it publicly: Ibrahimovic will be very important for Barcelona's success. He will be fully adapted to Barcelona's football style and he'll help for sure.
With Ibrahimovic, Barcelona's attacking line is looking quite unstoppable: for the striker position, Guardiola has David "Mara" Villa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, two of the best strikers in the world. In addition, for the two winger positions available, Guardiola has Messi (the best player in the world), Pedro, Bojan and Jeffrén (and even Villa can play as a winger if necessary).
With all these options, the opposition's defense won't have a single moment of rest, as Barcelona has enough options to bring down any defensive wall.
If you add to this a midfield line composed by Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta (all part of the Spanish team that won the World Cup), a defensive line with the likes of Puyol, Piqué and Daniel Alves and a bench full of quality substitutes, Barcelona will be the team to beat next season, both in Spain and in Europe.
Ibrahimovic's dream of winning the Champions League is very likely to come true by May 2011.