Zlatan Ibrahimovic ripped into his AC Milan team-mates after their collapse from a 2-0 lead to a 4-2 defeat in the Milan derby.
“It’s difficult to explain what happened,” the 38-year-old Ibrahimovic told Sky Sport Italia after scoring his third goal since returning to Milan in January.
“At half-time we told ourselves, the first 15 minutes going back out there will be crucial, and in that 15-minute spell, we conceded two goals.
“We stopped playing, the team stopped believing, we stopped pressing, didn’t pass it around enough. From the equaliser onwards, everything collapsed.
“I think a lot of it is down to experience, because you must know how to control a game at 2-0 up, not just winning at the end.
“It’s strange, because our first half was practically perfect. I expected more from Inter and the first-half performance did not look like a team worthy of second place. They did after the break.”
AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli seemed angry with the players as well.
“I am angry with my players, because we had some defensive duties in those situations and the moment we let it go, we were punished,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia.
“It’s a real pity, as we were in control and outplaying a strong team, making it look like there was never a 19-point gap between us. We had defensive duties and we did not perform them.
“It was absolutely our best first half of the season, but we lost a derby that we had been winning, and we must build on the qualities we showed in that first half. The match must be analysed on the whole.”
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