Napoli’s head coach Gennaro Gattuso believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic is better now than he was 10 or 12 years ago after his match-winning display with AC Milan.
Ibrahimovic scored twice for Milan to return to the top of the Serie A standings with a 3-1 win over 10-man Napoli on Sunday.
AC Milan’s undying star Ibrahimovic became the oldest player to score at least 10 goals in the first eight days of Serie A, and the 39-year-old surpassed Lazio’s Silvio Piola (29 in 1942 -43) for the record.
Ibrahimovic, who scored in the 20th and 54th minutes before limping from injury, also equaled Gunnar Nordahl for the second-most Serie A goals in the first eight games of a season played by a Milan player, just behind. the drift of Marco Van Basten (12 in 1992-93).
Gattuso played alongside Ibrahimovic for AC Milan from 2010-12, the pair helped the Rossoneri to their last Scudetto in 2011, with the former hailing the veteran.
“Milan firmly believes in Ibra, they believe 100 percent in what they are doing,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia. “I think I think it’s even stronger now than 10 or 12 years ago.
“They put the crosses because they know that they will be given the end. What we did today was create a lot of opportunities and not believe in them at all.
“It’s about mindset. Soccer is about helping each other, playing together, having a kind and reassuring word for your teammate when he is struggling.
“There are too many people who act like teachers, who want to teach you everything. This hurts me “.
AC Milan, two points ahead of top-flight Sassuolo, have accumulated at least 20 points in the first eight matchdays for the second time in the three-point era for a win – the Italian powerhouse also accomplished the feat in 2003-04. as it progressed. to secure the Scudetto.
Napoli are six points behind the pace in sixth place, having lost two of their last three Serie A matches and next Thursday they will face Rijeka in the Europa League.
Ibrahimovic, for his part, is now a doubt to feature in AC Milan’s next Europa League clash against Lille.