Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a spectacular return to the line-up at AC Milan by scoring two goals for the Rossoneri against their arch rivals Internazionale (2-1). The 39-year-old spent two weeks in quarantine after he was tested positive on the coronavirus, yet scored two goals for his club to secure their first derby win in four years. After the game Ibrahimovic was delighted with the win and his comeback.
“Milan hadn’t won the derby in four years, I was stuck at home for two weeks, so I was hungry and it showed,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sport Italia. “I lost my sense of taste a little bit, but I had a swab every three days and nobody was going to stop me playing the derby. I’m disappointed that the penalty was saved, but the important thing is that the team won.”
The Swede was asked he surprised himself with is performance and he gave an answer only Zlatan would give: “I know my level. After the injury, I went to America in order to feel alive. I told Jose Mourinho at Manchester United that I wasn’t ready and didn’t want to be a disappointment, so I went to America. Mino Raiola told me to return to Europe, they told me Milan needed me, so I came.”
“I feel like a more complete player now than I was 10 years ago. If I had the fitness levels I did 10 years ago, nobody would stop me. Mind you, they can’t stop me now either. I train hard, I play with experience and teammates who are ready to help out. I won’t accept them taking their foot off the gas, in training or in a match. We must always train at 200 per cent.”
After the win on Inter, Milan are topping the table in the Serie A with four wins from four games. Asked if Milan can win the title, Zlatan said: “We are taking it one game at a time. When I arrived, the objective was qualifying for Europe and we did it. I do think the Scudetto is a possibility, because if you believe, then you can achieve anything. There’s a long way to go, though.”