Ante Rebic has revealed that he has been playing unfit since his return but believes that he is slowly getting back to his best.
Rebic scored a brace on Sunday afternoon at San Siro in the space of 69 seconds as the Rossoneri ran out 4-0 winners over Crotone to reclaim top spot from Inter.
Calhanoglu’s impact off the bench was immediate, as he crossed in the corner for Rebic to head home at the far stick in a similar position to the one he scored from against Lazio in the last home game of 2020.
Moments later it would become 4-0 as Ibrahimovic’s shot from distance was parried to Calhanoglu, who fed the ball back towards the penalty spot where Rebic was waiting to thump home and net a quickfire brace.
Rebic was interviewed by Sky Italia at the end of the win over Crotone, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.
“I am very happy, I scored two goals and above all for the three points. The last game with Crotone didn’t go well for me, I was injured. Today we did well,” he said.
From January onwards you turn on, is it a coincidence? “I had a bit of bad luck in the first 3-4 months here, I immediately got hurt. When I got back I got Covid. Now I’m coming back and in the future I will be even better.”
On the standings: “We are first, we have shown that we are a strong team. We have to work and keep playing like this.”
On Ibra: “He is a great professional, one of the best players in the history of football. He is an example for us.”
Rebic also spoke to Milan TV after the game.
“I am very happy to have scored two goals but above all that we have won. Now we are thinking match by match and to bring home as many points as possible,” he said.
On returning to the top of the standings: “We worked well all week. We knew it wasn’t an easy game but we faced it well.”
On the return of Calhanoglu: “Hakan is a very strong player. He kept doing what he knew how to do. This is very important.”
On his condition: “Now I feel good. I had a bit of discomfort after Covid. I need a few games to get back to 100% but I feel good.”