Wednesday November 3 2010
Inzaghi: 'I proved critics wrong'

Pippo Inzaghi answered his critics with tonight's brace against Real Madrid, but also complained at his lack of playing time.

The goals took his European tally to 70, but he celebrated with the number 69 jersey after the first.

“The number 69 shirt had been ready for a while. I am particularly proud to be here at my age, hearing certain things said about me and proving my quality on the pitch,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Some commentators forget about me occasionally and I expect they'll climb on the bandwagon now.

“It's not easy, as I scored in my last game against Catania, then another nine passed in which I barely played.”

Jose Mourinho saw the danger coming, as in his pre-match Press conference in Madrid he'd said the only worry he felt was when Inzaghi stepped on to the pitch.

“Last season Mourinho waited for my jersey after the derby, so he really does respect me.”

The reaction of San Siro was unmistakable, as the crowd cheered when he began to remove his training jacket.

“When I get up off the bench and am perhaps feeling a bit down, these people remind me everything I've done for this club and it really lifts me.”

The brace also allowed Inzaghi to overcome Marco Van Basten's record, reaching 145 goals in a Milan jersey.

“Overtaking Van Basten's record and we all know what he did for Milan, so it is an immense honour.

“I want to dedicate this wonderful night, probably the best of my career, to my family, friends and Stefano Borgonovo. I saw him a few days ago and promised I'd celebrate this record with him.

“We were a little disappointed in the locker room, as we thought the victory was under our belts and weren't really under that much pressure at the end.”

However, SuperPippo wasn't entirely happy at this brief moment of joy.

“I told the Coach that I feel good and it's tough when I don't get to play for nine games in a row. It's not easy for me to lose my enthusiasm, but at the same time you do experience a real worry when you train hard and don't ever get to let it out.”

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