Mourinho hails Inter Milan hero Ibrahimovic

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho was delighted with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's two-goal performance against Palermo.

"To be a complete player, Ibra needs to score an ugly goal! He never seems to get a lucky ricochet or a clumsy tap-in, they are always fantastic goals!” joked Mourinho.

“We didn't play the way we wanted to in the first half, but at the same time Palermo made it difficult for us because they have a fantastic spirit and fired up fans. They had a few chances and pushed us in midfield, so it was tricky to combine quick passes.

“In the second half we did not wait for the game to come to us. We discussed at half-time that this was the way we would lose it and this was the way we would win it. I wanted the team tighter and it worked.

“I think Palermo realised the game was practically over when those two goals went in.”

Mourinho added: “These were important points and we are in front, so tomorrow we can relax and not pay attention to Sunday's results, as whatever happens we are the leaders.

“I played this way because I knew that was Palermo's system with the diamond midfield. [Fabio] Liverani is an important figure for them and Muntari did a good job defensively. We adapted to our opponents, played a solid game and are satisfied with the three points.

“I can simply say that my team can play with different systems and we have the ability to choose. Tonight we chose this way to confront Palermo, next week Juventus will probably have a 4-4-2, but Claudio Ranieri might have a surprise for us.”

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