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Former Real Madrid Player & Swedish Teammate Sofia Jakobsson Issues Message Of Support To Asllani

“I can say that I agree with her from what I have been seeing during my time there (at Madrid), although I was never injured.”

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Speaking to Swedish media, former club and current national team peer Sofia Jakobsson chimed in on the comments that Asllani made about Real Madrid, where the latter criticized the club for an unhealthy and dangerous work environment.

I’ve been pretty lucky with no injuries myself so I haven’t been able to see what Asllani has experienced from the inside. Now, it was probably this year in particular, and Kosovare has been injured a lot in the time I haven’t been at Real Madrid. They also have a new coach, whereas I didn’t have the same coach since they changed. But I can say that I agree with her from what I have seen during my time there (at Madrid), although I was never injured.

You think it’s an unprofessional environment, where maybe you had higher expectations and you expected them to take care of their players, and have a desire for them to be injury-free and perform at their absolute peak, as well as be 100 percent before games and not be half injured and play or be forced to play. I would want to see that a club can take care of that kind of player so they can play a full season without being injured all the time.

Now I wasn’t there this year and ‘Kosse’ has maybe been more injury-prone than when I was there. She also played almost every game and had a great season [when I was there], but of course you support as much as you can on the side. I want her to be injury free, happy and playing football, and not be on the sidelines rehabbing. She is a very important player for both the club and the national teams.