AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes a lack of concentration immediately after the break cost his side in their defeat to Inter.
Milan let a two-goal half time lead slip in Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina against Inter, eventually losing 4-2 after a roaring comeback.
After the opening 45 minutes it looked as though the Rossoneri were heading for a rare ‘away’ derby success as goals from Ante Rebic and Ibrahimovic had put them in a commanding position.
However, Inter came out and stunned the Rossoneri, scoring first through Marcelo Brozovic and then equalising through Matias Vecino.
Stefan De Vrij made it 3-2 with a header from a corner before Romelu Lukaku added a fourth and final goal deep into injury time to condemn Milan to a fourth league derby defeat in a row.
Ibrahimovic spoke to SportMediaset after the loss, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.it.
“In the first half we were perfect. At the interval we said to continue like this and to be careful in the first 15 minutes,” he said.
“Unfortunately we conceded two goals in the first 15 minutes and from then on we lost faith in what we had done in the first half, that is keeping the ball, pressing high and playing with great motivation.”
On his goal: “I had a great desire to play, it was a long time since I played a derby. I prepared for the whole week for this game. I had great desire and confidence, but something was missing to win.”
On his celebration after the goal: “It was difficult to explain that moment, it was an instinctive gesture. Before the game I don’t think about how to celebrate. It was still a good moment”.