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Ibrahimovic in career-best form for Milan

25 March 2012 06:03

Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is enjoying arguably the best season of his career.

The Swede was a doubt going into the Roma clash on Saturday, having contracted back pain during the 2-1 Coppa Italia semi-final defeat to Juventus last Tuesday.

But he returned to his devastating best with a pair of match-winning strikes to consign Luis Enrique's side to defeat and give Milan a seven-point lead at the top of Serie A.

"It's been a few days that I've had this bad back, but the adrenaline on the pitch makes up for it," Ibrahimovic said after the game.

"Thank goodness it went well. I think this is the best season of my career. I think my league form has been more than perfect."

"I feel good physically and mentally and I've played almost all the matches. There's still a month to go and it's normal to be tired, but I feel good."

Coach Massimiliano Allegri praised Milan's comeback against Roma.

"I think the guys deserved tonight's victory because they played this match with the desire to win it," Allegri said.

"They did well in the first half, but made some mistakes in the final third of the pitch. We also made some mistakes in the final few minutes of the half and conceded a goal to Roma with their only shot at goal.

"I think the team proved they have the character and desire to achieve good results, and this comes after a 120-minute game played last Tuesday, the team could be a bit tired."

Roma coach Luis Enrique praised his side despite the defeat.

"I think we played better in the second half, that's my opinion, because we were almost always far from the opponents' goal in the first half and tried to do what we could in defence," he said.

"The second half started better, I think we played better even with the penalty against us, but I saw that my team could score again and close the match."

"That didn't happen and then Milan did a good job, they have a player with great qualities and we all know who he is and how he plays.

"It's always difficult to defend against such a good player as Ibrahimovic clearly is. At the end I think it was a good game for us, even if we go back to Rome with no points gained."

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