Former Inter Milan teammates Dejan Stankovic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic hugged each other warmly after the draw between AC Milan and Red Star Belgrade (1-1) on Thursday.
They are only three years apart but one hung up his boots a long time ago and the other is still playing. Former Inter Milan teammates for three seasons (2006-2009), Dejan Stankovic (42) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (39) found themselves in the Europa League in different clothes, but always with the same respect. And even more. The two fell in love with each other on Thursday after AC Milan qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League at the expense of Red Star Belgrade for away goals (2-2, 1-1).
“He (Zlatan) is like a brother to me,” said the iconic former midfielder of Inter Milan, where he spent nine years before retiring in 2013 (2004-2013). Since then, the former classy midfielder has settled on the bench of Etoile Rouge, his training club, in 2019.
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He was also delighted with the performance of his players against the current 2nd in Serie A. “I am proud of our 180 minutes, he added. My boys were courageous. In both matches. , we had to play at 10 for several minutes. Qualification was possible from the first minute, but I’m not crying because we’ve shown that we can do great things. I will always be by my side because they deserve it.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he only played the second half of this meeting, the time to take a warning. It was preserved for the championship where the Rossoneri, long leaders, are now four points behind Inter, great rival and therefore former club of Stankovic, who was questioned about this title race.
“They (AC Milan players, editor’s note) must improve, he explained. Over the past 20 days, they have been a real roller-coaster. The championship depends on Inter, and, compared to the team they have, the Nerazzurri are the favorites to win the Scudetto. ” Too bad for the friendship with Zlatan.