Lorenzo Colombo reveals the background on his first Milan start: “I thought it was a joke”

By Akhil Prasad -

Lorenzo Colombo has revealed that he thought he was being pranked when learning that he would be starting the Europa League qualifier against Bodo/Glimt.

Milan met Norwegian top tier club Bodo/Glimt in the third qualifying round of the Europa League, early in the 2020-21 season on 25 September, 2020. The San Siro witnessed a closely contested encounter in which now-Rossoneri winger Jens Petter Hauge grabbed the attention of the club with a superb individual performance. Milan won the match 3-2.

However, speaking to Sky Sports for the ‘The Youth of Italy’ column (via MilanNews), young Italian forward Lorenzo Colombo who now is on loan at Serie B club Cremonese, spoke about that match in particular.

He recalled how Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned positive for Covid-19 just before the match and how he had to take up responsibility to fill the shoes of the veteran striker.

“Before playing against Bodo Glimt, in the morning we are in Milan, we go out to practice dead balls. The doctor arrives and reports that Ibrahimovic is positive,” he said.

“I thought it was a joke, everyone was laughing and joking, but it was the truth. The coach looks at me and says ‘It’s your turn’. There was certainly a bit of emotion, in the evening we take the field: I score, we win three to two, I’m happy satisfied. We pass the round and I am very satisfied for sure. Lots of stuff, great experience and great satisfaction.”

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