AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is enjoying arguably the best season of his career after adding to his tally for the campaign in a 2-1 Serie A victory over Roma on Saturday.
The Swede was a doubt going into the match, having contracted back pain during the 2-1 Coppa Italia semifinal 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.
"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."
Ibrahimovic then touched on Milan's much-publicized injury problems, with Thiago Silva now adding the the Milanese club's already lengthy list of crocked stars.
"Without my teammates, nothing would be possible," he continued. "I'm really sorry for Thiago Silva - let’s hope the situation is better than it looks like. All these injuries are not good. There's only a month to go and we need everyone on the pitch. If my teammates are happy then I’m happy as well. I'm used to thinking about the others, I grew up like this and that’s just how Ibra works."
The 30-year-old was also quizzed on the outcome of Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal clash with Barcelona, and while describing his former club as the "best team in the world", he was confident about his side's chances.
"Wednesday will be a great game, a tough match. [Barcelona is] the best team in the world and they're the favorites, but we have nothing to lose - they do," he said.
With Saturday's win over Roma, Milan has temporarily moved seven points clear of Juventus at the top of the Serie A table.
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