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Pioli after Zlatan brace: ‘He wanted to come off, but I rejected that!’

AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli witnessed how 39-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to score a brace as the veteren forward led the Rossoneri past Internazionale on Saturday. The head coach revealed after the match that the result could have been different if he would have listened to Ibrahimovic during the second half as the striker actually wanted to come off the field.

“He was very tired and even asked to come off, but this time I was the one who ignored him! Zlatan is extraordinary, he brings so much to the side with his talent, determination and character. He’s an exemplary professional, gives everything for his team, wants to win everything from a Cup Final to a training ground routine. I can’t take any credit for dealing with Ibrahimovic, as it’s very easy.”

“We suffered in the second half, but also held out for the victory, which shows we have improved, learned from previous mistakes and know how to remain focused. The team spirit is incredible, we work hard for our cause. We won every game this season, but none of them were easy, which means we have to improve tactically and technically, because we cannot always rely on character.”

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