Ibrahimovic’s two targets — the primary a penalty he received himself and the second a trademark scientific end after latching onto a by way of ball — took the 39-year-old’s tally for the season to 12 and, extra importantly, ensured Milan restored its three-point lead on the prime of Serie A.
“He is a champion in everything he does,” AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli advised reporters after the sport. “With his comeback, we have other tactical possibilities and we are very happy to have him.
“He nonetheless manages to shock me, despite the fact that I do know him effectively by now. We should count on one of the best from him, however immediately he additionally did one thing past that.”
Although AC Milan is unquestionably bolstered by Ibrahimovic’s return, Pioli will be delighted with how his side performed in the absence of its talisman. Despite losing its unbeaten Serie A record, Milan won five of its eight league matches while Ibrahimovic was out injured.
City rival Inter had temporarily gone level on points with Milan following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Juventus, with Cristiano Ronaldo and the Old Lady now 10 points behind the league leader, albeit with a game in hand.
Milan is on the lookout for its first Serie A title for the reason that 2010-11 season and unsurprisingly is reportedly already eager to increase Ibrahimovic’s contract past his 40th birthday later this 12 months.
The workforce will even be bolstered by the approaching arrival of Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, who is ready to signal from Qatari membership Al-Duhail.