Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised for his length absence but revealed his determination to do well and his delight at the imminent arrival of Mario Mandzukic.
Ibrahimovic was the start of the show tonight in his first league start since November as he scored either side of the interval to ensure that the Rossoneri will be top at the half way point of the season thanks to a 2-0 win over Cagliari.
His first came from the penalty spot after he had been bundled over, and the second was a delightful spinning finish after a wonderful through ball from Davide Calabria.
Ibrahimovic was interviewed by Sky Italia after the game, beginning by reflecting on the performance.
“I had to score another one, it took two to win. It was a difficult game, I didn’t play for 57 days, I’m sorry. It can happen. In one less it is not easy to play, against a team against which it’s hard to play,” he said (via MilanNews).
On the young players around him: “Young people motivate me, they challenge me to see who runs more, I don’t give up and show that I can run like them.
“We are doing well, we are almost halfway through the season. Now the most difficult games are starting. It will be a very tough schedule, but with Mandzukic, Meité, I don’t know if more will arrive. More players available for the coach, they can help.”
On Mandzukic: “I’m happy, so we have two that scare our opponents.”
If he believes in the Scudetto: “I believe in me, in Zlatan.”
On the potential of a renewal: “It depends on him, on Paolo. I’m very happy at Milan. This return to Milan has changed me a lot, I’m very happy.”