The evergreen 38-year-old led an unlikely AC Milan comeback towards Juventus, serving to to show a two-goal deficit right into a 4-2 win.
Milan has loved a formidable resurgence since Serie A returned following the coronavirus postponement and is now second within the kind desk, behind solely Atalanta.
Nonetheless, its poor kind earlier within the season means fifth place and a Europa League spot are the peak of its aspirations — however Ibrahimovic believes issues would have been completely different if he had joined the membership earlier.
“If I used to be right here from the start of the season, we might have gained the Scudetto,” he informed DAZN after the match. “I’m president, coach and participant, however they solely pay me as a footballer.”
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After title challengers Inter Milan and Lazio had each already misplaced, Juventus had the possibility to all however wrap up a ninth consecutive Scudetto.
It appeared effectively on its manner after targets from Adrien Rabiot and Cristiano Ronaldo gave ‘The Previous Girl’ a commanding lead, however Ibrahimovic’s penalty — awarded after a session with VAR — turned the tide.
Franck Kessie, Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic accomplished the comeback to make it 4 wins from 5 for the reason that restart of Italian soccer.
It was the primary time in its historical past that AC Milan had crushed Juventus after trailing by two targets.
Juventus nonetheless holds a seven-point lead on the high of Serie A so a whole capitulation appears unlikely, however there’s nonetheless some discontent amongst followers with the best way Maurizio Sarri’s aspect is enjoying, compounded by a stale Italian Cup ultimate defeat on penalties.
“I believe our first 60 minutes had been world class,” Sarri informed DAZN. “We had been in whole management and had this blackout. There’s not even a lot use considering an excessive amount of about it, as a result of we’ve got one other sport in three days.
“We had a complete blackout for 15 minutes. It has occurred to different groups on this interval. We’ve to take the positives from the sport, that are that we had been in whole management for an hour.
“It is often not even potential to search out the explanations for these inexplicable blackouts. We had some unhealthy performances and fairly rightly misplaced them, however this isn’t the case now.”
Elsewhere, Lazio’s title problem continued to disintegrate as Simone Inzaghi’s aspect misplaced to struggling Lecce.
Ultimately, it wasn’t the shocking consequence that stole the headlines, however fairly an unsavory incident that concerned midfielder Patric taking a web page out of Luis Suarez’s ebook.
The Spaniard was proven a straight purple card for biting Lecce defender Giulio Donati on the arm in stoppage time. After solely a short session with VAR, referee Fabio Maresca promptly gave Patric his marching order.
A prolonged ban is more likely to be not far away and Lazio’s dream of a primary Serie A title since 2000 is shortly fading.