Ibrahimovic: Pep my most immature coach

Postado Dezembro 13, 2017

Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic failed to make his mark under Guardiola's management after he joined Barcelona in 2009, with the Swedish striker offering several interviews suggesting he was not to blame for one of the more disappointing periods of his career.

The pair worked together at Barcelona in 2009 before Ibrahimovic chose to join AC Milan after just one season at the Nou Camp.

Despite racking up 16 goals and 7 assists in 29 La Liga outings (23 starts) for the club, the Swede's hard relationship with then-manager Pep Guardiola in Catalonia meant Ibrahimovic never truly settled at the club.

After that, we changed system and tactics, and it wasn't good for me, so the club told me to talk to Guardiola. I understood that there was something beyond football'.

The fallout between the Swede and Spaniard is a well-documented one following Ibrahimovic's 2011 autobiography titled I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

However, despite scoring 21 goals in his debut season at the Camp Nou, the Manchester United striker's relationship with Guardiola deteriorated throughout the campaign.

'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!"

Now he has told Sky Italia that the coach currently in charge of Manchester City chose to cut him out of his plans at Barcelona after making the decision to build his team around the talents of a youthful Lionel Messi.

Ibrahimovic in action for Barcelona, and reuniting with Lionel Messi playing for PSG. "He was not a bad person, but the most immature I've had because a man solves his problems".

'The problem was his, it was he who hadn't solved the problem with me. After that, he didn't talk to me or even look at me'. 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 added. Let us know in the comments section below.