Zlatan focused on domestic matters

March 10, 2011

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has turned his attention to AC Milan's remaining targets after their Champions League elimination on Wednesday.

Milan drew 0-0 at Tottenham in the second leg of their last-16 tie and went out 1-0 on aggregate.

The Serie A leaders dominated for long spells at White Hart Lane but were unable to grab the goal their display deserved.

And Ibrahimovic, who was largely anonymous, is now focusing on preserving Milan's five-point lead in the Scudetto race while they are also through to the last eight of the Coppa Italia.


He said: "We did well as a team but getting eliminated is never good, even if we put in a fine performance. It's still a defeat.

"The difference between us and Tottenham is that they took their only chance in the first leg.

"We have done well as a team in our last three games. We're still in the running for the Serie A title and the Italian Cup, so from now on we have to concentrate on these competitions.

"In my opinion we were better than them, but the better team does not always win. Now we're eyeing the other two trophies."

The visitors created numerous chances with Alexandre Pato and Robinho wasteful in front of goal as Spurs held on to advance to the quarter-finals.

Brazil international Pato said: "I had some shots and tried to score, but sometimes it goes like this.

"It's disappointing to get knocked out of the Champions League in this way.

"It's hard to take, because we dominated the game, but in the end we paid for the goal conceded at the San Siro.

"I thought we could go all the way this season, because we had the right players to do it."

Coach Massimiliano Allegri also bemoaned his side's lack of efficiency in the final third.

He said: "I feel bitter about the elimination. We didn't manage to progress, but failure is part of football.

"We couldn't score, because we got the last touches wrong.

"However, the performance mirrors our good form. Now we have to concentrate on the championship: we're all ready for the last 10 Serie A games and three Italian Cup matches. From tomorrow on, we'll focus on the championship again."