Overweight Adriano ate all the Bratwurst, claims Mihajlovic

Brazil and Inter Milan striker (occasionally, at least) Adriano has been told to lose weight in order to get his career back on track. Inter club official Sinisa Mihajlovic has told the 24-year-old to slim down to regain his top form.

Mihajlovic said: "Fitness is essential if he wants to play as he used to. I believe he needs to lose at least five kilos as this can represent a big problem on the pitch." At the World Cup, Adriano and strike partner Ronaldo represented two huge problems on the pitch - in size rather than threat. Playing two articulated lorries up front would have provided greater mobility.

Overweight Adriano ate all the Bratwurst, claims Mihajlovic

Brazil's new coach Dunga has already shown he is not afraid to leave out the big names and dropped Adriano for his first squad, so it sounds like decent advice from the former Yugoslavia international. Mihajlovic admitted carrying a bit of excess weight during his time as a player and compared it to playing with a washing machine on his shoulders. [Via Football Italia]

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