After being tested positive for the coronavirus, AC Milan’s top marksman is ready to face the challenge against Inter.
Yes, we are talking about the one and only, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The AC Milan veteran attacker is ready to play in the Milan derby against Inter this weekend. Subsequently, Ibrahimovic completely recovered after getting infected by the coronavirus. Therefore, this good news is confirmed by AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli on Friday at a press conference.
Evidently, the 39-year-old plays an essential part to motivate the entire Milan squad. Moreover, the Rossoneri has won the initial three fixtures of the Serie A without conceding a single goal. Thus, the club is now 19 games unbeaten across all competitions.
“Zlatan has been smiling and is in a positive and determined frame of mind,” Pioli told reporters. “He’s only been training for a week but is feeling fine. He’s ready to play, but we still need to assess how many minutes he’s got in his legs.”
To no one’s surprise, Ibrahimovic is one of the most driven players in Europe. Moreover, the Sweden international tested positive on September 25. Although, Zlatan did not show any clear symptoms of the virus.
Since Ibrahimovic’s return to AC Milan in January this year, he netted 14 goals in 22 outings. And therefore, aided the Red and Blacks to get back on track in the Italian league.
Confidence is the key.
Pioli struggled at the beginning of his managerial role at Milan. Although, he now seems to get the hang of situations and completes one year at the club.
“Our journey began a year ago, but I can also say that we’re still in the early stages: we still have plenty of room for improvement,” he said. “Beating such a strong side would give us enthusiasm and even more confidence in the qualities we have.”
In addition, Pioli is confident that the team is improving from past experiences. Unfortunately, Milan has lost four games against Inter. The most recent one was a 4-2 defeat in February.
“We drew many lessons from it, while we also proved that we can match them,” he said. “At the same time, we also learned that all it takes is a moment of carelessness to be punished. Since that match, we’ve grown a lot.”