Zlatan Slams Pep Over Messi Favouritism
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Slams Pep Guardiola Over Lionel Messi Favouritism
Manchester United superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again aimed jabs at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for how he favoured Lionel Messi over other stars at FC Barcelona.
The fallout between the Swede and Spaniard is a well-documented one following Ibrahimovic's 2011 autobiography titled I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
In his book, the former Blaugrana forward explained how his relationship with Guardiola had deteriorated in Spain, and he has once again spoken about the issue, saying his troubles with the manager began after he noticed he was being sacrificed for Messi.
"I'd scored a lot of goals in my first six months and we won two Super Cups. The first six months were perfect," Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports Italia.
"After that, we changed system and tactics, and it wasn't good for me, so the club told me to talk to Guardiola.
"And I told Guardiola that he'd sacrificed the other players for Messi. He told me he understood me.
"After that, he put me on the bench for the next game, the one after that and the one after that.
"And I thought, 'He's solved the problem very well I see!' After that, he didn't talk to me or even look at me.
"I'd walk into a room and he'd walk out. I'd go to meet him and he'd go somewhere else. I understood that there was something beyond football."
Ibrahimovic also said it was not only him who had these kinds of issues with the current City boss.
"The problem was his, it was he who hadn't solved the problem with me. I remember on my first day, he told me that the Barcelona players didn't turn up to training in Ferraris or Porsches," he added.
"He'd already judged me then, but if you don't know a person then you can't judge them. I had my experience with him, I don't know about others.
"But I read the same thing had happened to (Mario) Mandzukic and (Samuel) Eto'o. He wasn't the worst coach I'd worked under, but he was certainly the most immature because a man solves his problems."
The forward scored 22 goals and assisted 13 strikes in 46 games for Barca.
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