Ibrahimovic reveals he is ‘taking responsibility’ as he jokes about renewal: “Paolo puts me under pressure”

By Oliver Fisher -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was his typical exuberant self after AC Milan’s dramatic 3-2 win over Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday.

The Rossoneri eventually prevailed in what was a five-goal show in Florence this evening, with Hakan Calhanoglu the man to net the all-important winner less than 20 minutes from the end as Milan completed a turnaround that seemed unlikely at one stage.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring in the game as he fired home from Simon Kjaer’s excellent ball over the top, but goals from Erick Pulgard – an excellent free-kick in truth – and Franck Ribery put the home side in command.

Brahim Diaz got his second league goal of the season not long after Ribery’s strike and set up a grandstand finish, with Calhanoglu stepping up to seal a vital three points in view of Benevento’s win at Juve earlier.

Ibrahimovic was interviewed by Sky Italia at the end of the game, with his words relayed by MilanNews and translated below.

On the reaction after the Manchester United defeat: “After a defeat and leaving Europe, the Scudetto remained. We wanted to win at all costs, we showed our character and we have to continue.”

On the current moment: “I’m taking responsibility, helping on and off the pitch. Today I played the whole game, it’s an intense moment, now there’s a break.”

On his return to the national team: “My desire was to continue playing and be happy. The national team is an honour, a great honour. The coach came twice to speak with me, now I’m called up.”

On the records: “I feel young, don’t talk about age. The more time passes the younger I feel.”

On the future: “Paolo puts me under pressure, he wants to see what I do on the pitch to show that I deserve the renewal (laughs). Everything is under control, there is no rush.”

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