‘I am president, coach and player’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims AC Milan would have won the Serie A title had he been there all season after helping them to dramatic win over Juventus
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic says AC Milan may have won Serie A if he was there all along
- The veteran striker arrived in January and has had a positive impact on the team
- Milan completed a stunning turnaround to beat Juventus on Tuesday evening
- Ibrahimovic may have played his last game in front of fans at the San Siro
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes AC Milan would have won the Serie A title if he had been there all season after he scored in their win over Juventus on Tuesday night.
The Swedish veteran returned to the San Siro as a free agent in January after leaving MLS side LA Galaxy.
It is his second spell at the club, and after winning the Serie A title during his initial tenure, Ibrahimovic boldly claimed AC Milan would have done so again this season if he had been in place from the start.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes AC Milan would have won the Serie A title if he was there all season
Ibrahimovic celebrates with Franck Kessie as AC Milan mounted a comeback against Juventus
‘If I was here from the beginning of the season, we would have won the Scudetto,’ he said after the 4-2 win over Maurizio Sarri’s side
‘I am president, coach and player, but they only pay me as a footballer.’
The striker is out of contract at the end of the season and admits he may not get the chance to play in front of a packed San Siro again.
Clearly he does not need a crowd to produce the goods though as he helped Stefano Pioli’s side complete a memorable comeback.
Juventus missed the chance to take a big step toward a ninth successive Serie A title, letting a comfortable lead slip after Adrien Rabiot scored one of the goals of the season.
A tight first half finished scoreless after Ibrahimovic had a goal ruled out for offside shortly before the break.
Then Adrien Rabiot broke the deadlock two minutes after the restart with a phenomenal individual effort, picking up the ball inside his own half before hitting a fierce drive into the top corner.
Ibrahimovic scored from the spot to cut the deficit back to one goal in the second half in Milan
Juventus remain front-runners to win the Serie A title but suffered a setback at the San Siro
Cristiano Ronaldo doubled Juve’s lead six minutes later after he latched onto a sumptuous through-ball by Juan Cuadrado.
But Milan turned the match around completely in the space of five minutes with Ibrahimovic converting a penalty in the 62nd minute following a handball from Leonardo Bonucci
Then came quickfire goals from Franck Kessie and substitute Rafael Leao to complete a remarkable turnaround.
Milan extended their advantage 10 minutes from full time when Giacomo Bonaventura capitalised on an error from Juventus defender Alex Sandro to set up Ante Rebic.
Amid mounting speculation that Pioli will be replaced by former RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick and that he may not get the chance to play in front of AC Milan fans again, Ibrahimovic added: ‘There is still a month, so let’s see.
‘There are things that we cannot in control.
‘Playing without fans is a pity, a strange situation. We do our job, we are professionals. It could have been the last time they have seen me live in San Siro.’