Colourful Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic savaged Argentine striker Maxi Lopez on Saturday, saying he was so overweight that he was playing “like he had a washing machine on his back”.
Asked about the form of the 32-year-old man of many clubs, Mihajlovic said: “He’s not fit and is suffering because he is overweight. It is because of this that the work we do is hard for him.
“He must lose weight.”
But Mihajlovic did thank the former Barcelona and AC Milan man — and gave him a back-handed compliment — for stepping into the breach last weekend for the 2-1 defeat to Atalanta in Bergamo when Torino were short of options up front because of injuries.
“I spoke with Maxi Lopez. When someone is seven kilos overweight, which is like having a washing machine on his back, and he can play like he did at Bergamo, he has that class,” said Mihajlovic.
“But I am angry with him and he should be angry with himself. I told him that unless he loses weight, he will not play.
“He must follow a balanced diet that should enable him to lose a kilo a week. Each week, he must lose a kilo or he pays a fine.”
Torino are below mid-table with two defeats in three games.
They play Empoli on Sunday. – Agence France-Presse