Saturday 20 January 2018

And finally . . .

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's new autobiography has lifted the lid on his extraordinary fall-out with Pep Guardiola, claiming the Barcelona coach "bullied" him.

He also revealed that he had a series of verbal rows with the Barca boss in which he accused his manager of "having no balls" when he stopped playing the Swede in his favourite position.

"I told him what a friend had said to me: 'you bought a Ferrari but drive it like a Fiat'. The chat seemed to go well but then Guardiola started to freeze me out."

He highlighted the first major row he had with Guardiola, after a 4-1 win against Villarreal during which the striker only played five minutes.

"(Pep) was staring at me and I lost it. I thought 'there is my enemy, scratching his bald head'. I yelled to him: 'You have no balls!' And probably worse things than that."

Irish Independent

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