Vieri: Ibrahimovic Will Play In Derby With A Cigar In His Mouth


Zlatan Ibrahimovic will “play the derby with a cigarette in his mouth”, according to Christian Vieri, who has tipped the AC Milan striker to shine against Inter.

Ibrahimovic returned to Milan on a free transfer in January following a successful two-year spell in MLS with the LA Galaxy. He had previously played for the Italian giants between 2010 and 2012, helping them win one Serie A title, before going on to play for Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

The 39-year-old has scored 14 goals in 22 appearances since re-joining the Rossoneri, including three at the start of the new season having been awarded a contract extension in August.

His momentum was stalled by a positive coronavirus test in the build-up to the Europa League qualifying meeting with Bodo/Glimt last month.

Ibrahimovic went straight into self-isolation, missing another European clash with Rio Ave as well as a Serie A fixture against Spezia, but he will be available for selection again after the international break.

AC Milan will be seeking to extend their perfect start to 2020-21 when they come up against local rivals Inter at San Siro on Saturday, with Vieri confident that a prized asset will be ready to make an impact.

The former Italy international, who had spells at both Milan clubs during his playing days, told Gazzetta Dello Sport of Ibrahimovic:

“He will have broken the treadmill every day. One who says that coronavirus had a bad idea to challenge him, is mentally stronger than all.

“He’ll play the derby with a cigarette in his mouth, trust me.”

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