After netting on his first start since returning to Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed he will reserve big celebrations for San Siro.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic prepares to “celebrate like a God” when, after netting in his first start since returning to Milan against Cagliari, he scores at San Siro having preferred to strike a relaxed pose.
With a 2-0 away win on Saturday, Milan ended a miserable streak of three straight games without a goal, with Ibrahimovic scoring his side’s second midway through the second half with a great first-time finish.
Stefano Pioli’s men were given the lead by a deflected shot from Rafael Leao just after half-time. Ibrahimovic, who went off the bench with Sampdoria in the 0-0 San Siro draw, is saving his greatest celebration before he scores on home soil.
“I’ll celebrate like a God at San Siro, not here,” the 38-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.
“I celebrate God every time I score, that way I feel alive! It’s important for a striker to try and be there, then sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesn’t.
“I got a few balls wrong at the start of the game, but I need a few matches to get into shape.”
In the second half, the striker added of Pioli checking on Ibrahimovic: “I feel good, the coach just wanted to think about my age and see if I needed a rest, but there is no problem. My mind is still sharp and the body has to follow.”
“We played with two strikers and two wingers to push the whole team further forward, and it went well.”
Pioli felt the influence of Ibrahimovic was already being felt, adding:
“This was certainly a different performance to recent outings.
“We were more effective, more solid. Zlatan’s presence clearly gives us a reference point to build around and it will take us a while to really get to know each other.
“Ibrahimovic probably won’t run into space that much, so we need someone around him who can do the running, as we saw Leao, Samu Castillejo and Hakan Calhanoglu, then Giacomo Bonaventura do.
“We have only just started working on this system, but the early signs are positive.”