‘No one would stop me from playing in the derby’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes AC Milan could win the Serie A title after a derby win against Inter Milan on Saturday night.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on Saturday when AC Milan beat rival Inter
- The Swede’s double in the first half was enough for a memorable victory in the San Siro
- It was Milan’s first league win against their city rivals since 2016
- And Ibrahimovic is firmly convinced that Milan could come out for the honor this season
Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists AC Milan can compete for the Serie A title after their derby victory against Inter on Saturday night.
The Swede’s first-half double, following his positive coronavirus test, was enough for Milan to secure their first city derby victory in the competition in more than four years.
And Ibrahimovic, who only recently promised a new year in Italy after his stint at LA Galaxy, was firmly convinced that Milan could have a season to remember after such an important win at San Siro.
Attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an early brace to secure a 2-1 victory in the Milan derby
Ibrahimovic tapped into the rebound after his penalty kick was saved by Samir Handanovic
“Milan hadn’t won the derby for four years, I was stuck at home for two weeks, so I was hungry and it turned out,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sport Italia.
“I lost my sense of taste a little, but I had a smear every three days and no one was going to stop me from playing the derby.”
‘I am disappointed that the penalty was saved, but most importantly, the team won. I am the oldest of the team, I feel a lot of responsibility and I like that feeling, because they all follow my example and are hungry to win. ‘
Ibrahimovic added that he knew he could return to his top level despite his COVID test and his willingness to continue playing at the top level at 39.
‘I know my level. After the injury, I went to America 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 said I had to go back to Europe, they said Milan needed me, so I came. I feel like a more complete player now than I did 10 years ago.
The 39-year-old scored his second goal from Rafael Leao’s cross on Saturday evening in Milan
‘If I had the fitness levels I had 10 years ago, no one would stop me. Mind you, they can’t stop me now.
‘I train hard, I play with experience and teammates who are ready to help. I do not accept that they take their foot off the gas, during training or in a competition. We always have to train at 200 percent. ‘
‘We play game by game. When I arrived the goal was to qualify for Europe and I succeeded. I think the Scudetto is a possibility because if you believe you can achieve anything. However, there is still a long way to go. ‘