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Zlatan Slams Pep Over Messi Favouritism

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Slams Pep Guardiola Over Lionel Messi Favouritism

By Kurt Buckerfield - Dec 13, 2017 01:27 PM @KurtLaduma

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.

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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."

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The forward scored 22 goals and assisted 13 strikes in 46 games for Barca. 

Do you think it was right for Guardiola to favour Messi at Barca? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Lekasi_pOi Joined: 26 Mar 2014
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Lekasi_pOi Dec 18, 2017 10:57 AM
Pep he is a good coach and from a distance I've known him, i know he only plays the best.
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Unkel d Dec 15, 2017 03:49 PM
Pep is a gud coach better than mou, Pep doesnt play ppl who are not in form or play his football... yaya for e.g we saw how poor he was when he started the uefa game @ shaktar n they lost only then ppl saw why he wasnt played
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Orlandogunners1 Dec 14, 2017 07:01 AM
Can i say zlatan is using ''underbelt'' tactics on Pep,yes we can all see dat man city are running away wit da title n Zlatan just wants man city players who are not playing either due to form or tactics to ''revolt''
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Romeo Maps88 Dec 14, 2017 12:25 AM
Listen to what IBRA says: they've won 2super cups with him then he was dropped for Messi.... Now let him tel us how many cups and what kind of cups did Pep win with Messi after dropping him. Pep prefer football players, not some great loud mouth big headed bossy so called players like IBRA
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timelessmessi Dec 13, 2017 09:46 PM
Move on zlatan U made it at Ac,psg now man United now u sound like a hater envious but it's not only he is like that he can drop anyone while still hot
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Michaeltshigama Dec 13, 2017 06:19 PM
I knew Pep was a scumbag n i was rite
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STIGA18 Dec 13, 2017 06:01 PM
So the Kick boxer is Obsessed with Messi's achievements. What a fool
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blackmeteor Dec 13, 2017 05:09 PM
@TrueLegend TRUE.....Proof is always in the pudding
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TrueLegend Dec 13, 2017 04:52 PM
Pep new what he was doing and it worked miracles for Barcelona so well done Pep.
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blackmeteor Dec 13, 2017 04:50 PM
@kingMzu84 In this case we've only heard Zlatan's side of the story......
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kingMzu84 Dec 13, 2017 04:39 PM
Pep is 1 of most successful coaches in the world bt his man management is questionabl at tyms
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Mlabalaba wa Mketule Dec 13, 2017 03:58 PM
@king of them @LL (Mae a Cowditor) I have been following soccer more than you think. From The era of Begomi, Jean Pierie Papin, Maradona, till to date, Maldini brothers etc. The fact is Pep won many trophies and I am talking about European valuable trophies without Ibra and he is not afraid to instill his methods and rigid players will always be casualties. There is no way he can use or please players who cannot do what he expects.The believer of total football(tikitaka). Only haters cannot see how Man City is playing. This is beautiful football with results.
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Warras4phefeni Dec 13, 2017 03:50 PM
This Pep sometimes he is a joke how can you really chose a player what not to drive........??? In terms of those players I believe they were never bought by Pep hence.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Dec 13, 2017 03:24 PM
Pep his a jelous men,hw cn he tell players what mst not drive when they cum to training,if was not affording that Ferrari why was not congrats to u king Zlatan,i heared that when he join Man city was asking their Boss to decrease Yaya s salary kwaaaaaaaa, hey this men his a real devel
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dicozee Dec 13, 2017 03:22 PM
All I cn say is that pep n Leo was the best thing ever hpnd to Barcelona. The sacrifices pep made 2 plan around messi materialize very well. Same thing happened with yaya at city but look a city now. So, in my opinion Pep is the man more than zlatan bcoz he give football clubs results with his brave decisions
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cowpule Dec 13, 2017 03:12 PM
Ibra is a top striker he's the only one currently close to Ronaldo R9
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Stuart Alois Dec 13, 2017 02:54 PM
@king of them @LL (Mae a Cowditor) =Ibra was a top striker from way bk even durin his early days with Ajax but the truth is coaches dznt like players who stands thier ground.
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king of them @LL (Mae a Cowditor) Dec 13, 2017 02:30 PM
@Mlabalaba wa Mketule u should start following Ibra's recent teams n performance bro n stop being like Pep Cowdiola akere
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Mlabalaba wa Mketule Dec 13, 2017 02:12 PM
Players will always have issues whenever a manager select a better player to play . Messi was a better player and Pep achieved a lot without Ibra at Barca. Ibra cannot play football but can fulfill rigid European typical striking role while Pep doesn't believe in huge strikers who cannot dribble or create something out of nothing. David Villa was something as he was a dribbler and and also created space fro other players and Messi was a full package. I am taking nothing from Mario Manzukic and Ibra they are good strikers but not good enough to play in Pep methods . Pep is not of whoofing the ball to tall strikers.

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