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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Pep Guardiola Was A ‘Spineless Coward’ at Barcelona: Daily Soccer Report

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In his new autobiography, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out on the attack against Pep Guardiola — specifically about Barcelona’s semi-final exit in the Champions League to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan side in 2010.

Ibrahimovic says he confronted Guardiola in the dressing room after the match:

“I yelled: ‘You haven’t got any balls!’ and worse than that I added: ‘You can go to hell!’ I completely lost it, and you might have expected Guardiola to say a few words in response, but he’s a spineless coward. He just picked up the metal box, like a little caretaker, and then left, never to mention it again, not a word.”

The Swedish international added:

“I’d already got the impression that Barcelona was a little like being back at Ajax, it was like being back at school. None of the lads acted like superstars, which was strange. Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, the whole gang – they were like schoolboys. The best footballers in the world stood there with their heads bowed, and I didn’t understand any of it. It was ridiculous.

“Everyone did as they were told. I didn’t fit in, not at all. I thought, just enjoy the opportunity, don’t confirm their prejudices. So I started to adapt and blend in. I became way too nice. It was mental. I said what I thought people wanted me to say. It was completely messed up. I drove the club’s Audi and stood there and nodded my head. I hardly even yelled at my team-mates any more. I was boring. Zlatan was no longer Zlatan.”

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6 Responses to Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Pep Guardiola Was A ‘Spineless Coward’ at Barcelona: Daily Soccer Report

  1. Br|an says:

    “Zlatan was no longer Zlatan” – good stuff.

  2. Br|an says:

    …but seriously was Pep supposed to throw a punch or use one of Zlatan’s famous kung-fu kicks?

  3. Frill Artist says:

    Funny he says all this now.

  4. Andre says:

    The way he says those things about Xavi, Iniesta, and Messi sounds like he thinks it is a flaw. They’ve won 3 Champions Leagues and he has flopped in that competition. Xavi and Iniesta are world champions. I actually have a soft spot for Zlatan but if a group of players who are better than you are NOT jerks… who cares?

  5. Ces1ne says:

    A 6’4″(?) high-level Judo master that is ALSO built like a brick sh!thouse has beef with me, hmmmmmm……just like Pep I’m not gonna say a word to him either, coach or not.

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