Zlatan Ibrahimovic ignited a late comeback towards Serie A leaders Juventus after which declared that if he had been at AC Milan from the beginning of the season, they might be Italian champions. With Milan two objectives down on Tuesday, Ibrahimovic transformed a 62nd minute penalty for his sixth aim this season. 4 minutes later he arrange Franck Kessie for the equaliser then instantly headed for the bench the place he spent the remainder of the match giving recommendation to team-mates as Milan scored twice extra for a Four-2 victory. Rafael Leao hit Milan’s third aim in 5 minutes as Ibrahimovic reached the bench and Ante Rebic added the fourth within the 80th minute behind closed doorways on the San Siro.
“I am president, coach and participant however I am solely paid as a footballer,” Ibrahimovic, who rejoined Milan from LA Galaxy on a six-month contract on the finish of December, informed broadcaster DAZN after the sport. “If I had been right here from the beginning we might have gained the Scudetto.”
“I am previous, it is no secret, nevertheless it’s only a quantity,” mentioned the 38-year-old Swede. “I performed extra right this moment than the final recreation. I really feel good, to be trustworthy, and I’m attempting to assist the group in each method.”
Hypothesis surrounds the way forward for Milan coach Stefano Pioli and Ibrahimovic was coy on whether or not he can be again subsequent season.
“There’s nonetheless a month to go and let’s have a look at, there are issues right here that we’re not in management. Taking part in with out followers is a disgrace, a wierd state of affairs,” Ibrahimovic mentioned. “It may have been the final time you see me stay at San Siro.
“I like taking part in on this Milan group, I do what I can do intelligently, I arrive after which if I do not make a distinction I do not prefer it. I need to assist my team-mates and the followers.”
The defeat meant Juventus wasted the prospect to maneuver 10 factors clear on the high of Serie A after second-placed Lazio’s shock defeat at Lecce, however Cristiano Ronaldo’s side sit seven factors clear with seven matches remaining and stay on observe for a ninth straight title.
Maurizio Sarri’s males had led by means of objectives from Adrien Rabiot and Ronaldo early within the second half.
“I feel our first 60 minutes have been world-class,” Sarri informed DAZN. “We have been in whole management and had this blackout. There’s not even a lot use pondering an excessive amount of about it, as a result of we now have one other recreation in three days.
“It is often not even attainable to search out the explanations for these inexplicable blackouts.
“The defence was high quality up till the 62nd minute, as we did not permit Milan a single likelihood earlier than then. The blackout hit everybody. You’ll be able to change all 11 gamers at that second and it will not make a distinction.”
The loss snapped the Turin giants’ seven-game successful run within the league.
Milan boosted their hopes of European qualification by transferring above Roma and Napoli into fifth and Pioli mentioned he was centered solely on the remaining video games.
“I’m not remotely interested by August three or the longer term. I’m pondering of the subsequent recreation,” the coach mentioned. “There have been some powerful moments, however I like what I do.”
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