Zlatan Ibrahimović said, back in February, that ‘”lions do not compare themselves to humans” when asked to compare himself to the other Premier League strikers and he used this special comparison again after coming back from injury.
The former Sweden international was expected to come back in January but he managed to be back on the pitch two months earlier as he came off the bench in the Premier League fixture against Newcastle. Ibrahimovic was asked if he ever doubted he would return, and he told BT Sport 1: “No, because lions, they don’t recover like humans.”
Zlatan Ibrahimović spoke about his feelings after the return as he said, according to ESPN: “It’s special. Different day, same quality. I am not worried. I am not worried at all because I know what I do. I train hard. I sacrificed a lot. It is not easy, especially in my case. It was not like I went on vacation. I had a different summer because I was without a contract. As soon as I signed I wanted to focus on the team. I wanted to give something to help the team as best as possible. It’s about coming back and making a statement. I’m just thankful I can play football again.”
Paul Pogba, another man who returned after an injury, was also happy to be back: “We won, we have the three points and that is the most important thing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, me and Marcos Rojo came back from injury so we are happy. I see the same team and feel the same atmosphere. The season is very long, it is not about now, it is about the end. We just forget the criticism. It hurts when you are not playing, you want to help the team, but you just have to do your recovery.”
José Mourinho, the Portuguese manager, spoke about the importance of Pogba: “Paul Pogba is a different class — Paul and Nemanja Matic grew up together at the start of the season and are the engine of the team. It was in Paul’s hands, how many minutes to play until he began to feel fatigued. It was a great performance from him.”