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Ibrahimovic in TV tiff after Milan win

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as his new club AC Milan dispatched Auxerre in their European Champions League clash on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic in TV tiff after Milan win

Milan started lethargically in opening stages of the match at the San Siro but after a double switch in the second half kicked started the Rossoneri and gave Ibrahimovic the platform to put the game beyond the French team.

“Fantastic. Great to score two goals in a Milan shirt,” Ibrahimovic told broadcaster Viasat after the match.

Kevin Prince-Boateng and Robinho took the place of Ambrosini and Pato and were able to provide the service that the tall Swede had been demanding, and in three second-half minutes came the two goal reward.

A flicked header from Boateng set up Ibrahimovic for his first goal in a Milan shirt in the 66th minute, followed by a sublime pass from Brazilian Ronaldinho in the 69th gave the Malmö-born forward the chance to double the lead.

The goals appeared to take the tension out of Milan’s play and the team began attacking with a fluency patently absent in the first hour of the must-win match.

With Ajax and Real Madrid to come in Milan’s Champions League group, the win against Auxerre was a requirement and one that the Rossoneri will be relieved and happy to have in the bag.

But despite having completed a solid evening’s work, Milan’s Swedish star found himself embroiled in an ugly bust up with legendary former Milan and Italy coach Arigo Sacchi.

Sacchi, who won two European Cups and a Serie A title with Milan and guided Italy to the 1994 World Cup final, was a guest on Mediaset Premium’s post-match programme and had joked that if it wasn’t for Ibrahimovic’s big feet – European size 47s – he wouldn’t have scored the first goal.

Told of Sacchi’s comments, the Swede exploded.

“Sacchi needs to learn how to shut up,” he fired back about the 64-year-old Italian great, causing shock in the TV studio.

“He also seems jealous because he’s talking too much, he needs to talk less about me on TV and in the newspapers.”

“If he wants something he can come and see me about it. If you don’t like the way I play, don’t come and watch me.”

That sparked an on-air argument between the pair as the presenter initially tried to explain that it wasn’t a criticism.

“He also said things about me when I was at Barcelona,” retorted Ibrahimovic.

“I believe I can express my opinion in a polite and correct way, I don’t believe I’ve offended you,” said Sacchi.

“When someone talks too much, they talk too much, you’re one of those people. If you don’t like the way I play, don’t come and watch me,” said Ibrahimovic.

“Let me explain,” added Sacchi.

“You don’t need to explain anything to me,” spat Ibrahimovic.

“You need to learn some manners, son,” concluded Sacchi.

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Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
   
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
 
   
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
   
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
   
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.
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