The last time AC Milan beat Napoli at Naples was way back in 2010-11 season when they last won a Scudetti. Since then, the Rossoneri started to lose their way and became an unknown identity in world football – be it in the Italia, Serie A, or be it in the top-flight competitions, they were just pathetic losers.
Clean sheets: 3
Victory at Naples after 10 years.
— Faisal Caesar (@faisalyorker1) November 23, 2020
But after a long time, a change is coming and they seem to be coming back on track courtesy of a 39-year-YOUNG Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a composed coach in the form of Stefano Pioli on whom, none had enough faith.
But this Zlatan has been a revolution in San Siro!
He has written himself into Serie A history by becoming just the fourth player to net in their first six league games of the season. At 39, there were those who believed he was too old to be a force in one of Europe’s leading leagues, yet he has started the season in utterly prolific form.
Last night, Zlatan continued his six-game domestic scoring streak by opening the scoring away from home against Napoli, elevating him into a select club of stars.
He got in front of Kalidou Koulibaly and headed Theo Hernandez’s left-sided cross away from14 yards with 20 minutes into the match.
Dries Mertens had responded for Napoli and equalized only for Tiemoue Bakayoko to be sent off 165 seconds later.
◾︎ Two goals today
◾︎ 10 Serie A goals in six games
◾︎ Headed to the top of the league
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 22, 2020
Zlatan stepped up by kneeing in an unorthodox second after 54 minutes, but he worryingly limped off late on with a thigh injury.
The Rossoneri without head coach Stefano Pioli and a number of other backroom staff members due to COVID-19, wrapped up the win through Jens Petter Hauge’s debut Serie A goal in injury time to maintain their unbeaten start.
The double strike gave Ibrahimovic another record: He is now the oldest player to score at least 10 goals in the first eight Serie A match days.
Zlatan Ibrahimović has now scored in EIGHT consecutive Serie A appearances:
⚽️⚽️ vs. Sampdoria
⚽️ vs. Cagliari
⚽️⚽️ vs. Bologna
⚽️⚽️ vs. Inter
⚽️⚽️ vs. Roma
⚽️ vs. Udinese
⚽️ vs. Verona
⚽️ vs. Napoli
Ageing backwards. ⏮ pic.twitter.com/6GNyPJILKR
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 22, 2020
Previously, there were only three other players to score in their opening six Serie A matches of the season.
Gabriel Batistuta of Fiorentina was the first to complete the feat in 1994-95 before Christian Vieri matched it in the 2002-03 season with Inter. Krzysztof Piatek then did it in 2018-19 under Genoa’s colours.
AC Milan remain on top and their form this season is inspiring.
The limping-off of Zlatan could worry Milan, but keeping in mind how tough the player is, it should not bother much.