Sport Ibrahimovic even better than he was 10-12 years ago – Gattuso

03:05  23 november  2020
03:05  23 november  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Both Ibrahimovic , 39, and 42- year -old Gattuso played together at AC Milan when the club won the last of their 18 Serie A titles back in 2011. Since then Juventus have dominated in Italy and are pushing for a 10 th consecutive league title. Milan are top of Serie A after seven rounds with a two-point advantage

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Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic is better now than he was 10 to 12 years ago following his match-winning display for Milan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wearing a blue uniform holding a ball: Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic © Getty Images Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic scored twice as Milan returned to the top of the Serie A standings with a 3-1 win over 10-man Napoli on Sunday.

Evergreen Milan star Ibrahimovic became the oldest player to score at least 10 goals in the first eight Serie A matchdays, the 39-year-old surpassing Lazio's Silvio Piola (29 years old in 1942-43) for the record.

Ibrahimovic – who struck in the 20th and 54th minutes before hobbling off – also matched Gunnar Nordahl for second-most Serie A goals from the first eight games played of a season by a Milan player, only adrift of Marco Van Basten (12 in 1992-93).

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Gattuso played alongside Ibrahimovic at Milan between 2010-12 – the pair helping the Rossoneri to their last Scudetto in 2011 – and the former hailed the veteran.

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"Milan believe firmly in Ibra, they believe 100 per cent in what they are doing," Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia. "He seems I think even stronger now than he was 10, 12 years ago.

"They put the crosses in because they know he'll get on the end of them. What we did today was create lots of chances and not believe in them fully.

"It's about mentality. Football is about helping each other out, clubbing together, having a kind, reassuring word for your team-mate when they're struggling.

"There are too many people who act like professors, who want to teach you everything. This hurts me."

Milan, two points clear of high-flying Sassuolo, have collected at least 20 points from the first eight matchdays for the second time in the three points for a win era – the Italian powerhouse also achieved the feat in 2003-04 as they went on to secure the Scudetto.

Napoli are six points off the pace in sixth position, having lost two of their past three Serie A fixtures.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo appear unstoppable in Italy right now. The Swede leads the race for the Capocannoniere award having netted 10 goals in six league games. The 39-year-old's return to European football late last year was met with surprise among fans and pundits. Given the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star's age, what possible use would he be to Stefano Pioli's Milan? Yet Ibrahimovic has proved once more that you rule him out to your peril.

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