Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not a fan of the MLS playoffs as the LA Galaxy captain labeled 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 playoff 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 playoffs.
Ibrahimovic, however, does not like the postseason 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 playoffs?”
“You just need to win the playoffs, and that’s it. The results in each game are important, but here, if you come in seventh place, you make the playoffs 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 playoffs 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.