“YOU HAVE no balls… you can go to hell,” Zlatan Ibrahimovic told the Barca coach as revealed today.
As if the upcoming match against Barca in the Champions League wasn’t interesting enough… The first chapter of Ibrahimovic’s autobiography has been revealed today and some interesting quotes emerged.
Zlatan joined Milan from the Spanish Champions Barcelona and since has never been shy of his displeasure of having Pep Guardiola as his boss. In his new book, the Swede attacks the Barcelona boss.
“Joining Barcelona was a childhood dream and I was walking on air. It started well but then Messi started to talk,” Ibra, 30-year-old, writes. “He wanted to play in the middle, not on the wing, so the system changed from 4-3-3 to 4-5-1. I was sacrificed and no longer had the freedom on the pitch I need to succeed.
“So I asked for a meeting with Guardiola – for a discussion, not an argument. I said I was being used in the wrong way and that they shouldn’t have bought me if they wanted another type of player. I told him what a friend had said to me – ‘you bought a Ferrari but drive it like a Fiat’,” the Milan striker adds in his book.
“The chat seemed to go well but then Guardiola started to freeze me out. I would walk into a room; he would leave. He would greet everyone by saying hello, but would ignore me. I had done a lot to adapt – the Barca players were like schoolboys, following the Coach blindly, whereas I was used to asking ‘why?’. I like guys who run red lights, not pedantic and strict rules. I tried to be overly nice, didn’t dare lose my temper.
“But after this I stopped trying to adapt. For example, at Barcelona, players were banned from driving their sports cars to training. I thought this was ridiculous – it was certainly not the club’s business what car I drive – so in April, before a match with Almeria, I drove my Ferrari Enzo to training and it caused a scene.”
The next incident took place after Barcelona’s semi-final exit in the Champions League, as Jose Mourinho’s Inter knocked them out. As reported by various media outlets, this is what Ibra has written of his “conversation” with Pep after the game: “(Guardiola) 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. I added: ‘You are shitting yourself because of [Mourinho]. You can go to hell!’ I was completely mad.
“I threw a box full of training gear across the room, it crashed to the floor and Pep said nothing, just put stuff back in the box. I’m not violent, but if I were Guardiola I would have been frightened.”
Milan fans can only hope Ibrahimovic will get his revenge at the San Siro on November 23.