Ibrahimovic says he intentionally hit Azpilicueta

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic persists and signs, César Azpilicueta deserved the terrible shoulder thrust given to him by the Milan striker. If it had to be done again, he would do it again, he told the Guardian.

After depriving Italy of the World Cup in 2018, without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden has not managed to qualify directly for the next 2022 World Cup with him, and will have to go through the dams. The veteran of AC Milan only came into play at the end of the match against Spain (0-1) and hardly touched the ball.

Ibrahimovic distinguished himself in another brutal area, that of gratuitous violence. On a corner played at the end of the match, in added time, when Spain had just scored the goal of his qualification, Zlatan charged Azpilicueta in the back, on the shoulder, logically receiving a deserved warning, for a gesture that he assumes.

Ibrahimovic: « I hope he understands now »

Because contrary to what he had hinted at the time, his gesture was well planned, which he confirmed to the Guardian: « The other day, in the national team, I hit Azpilicueta, he told the diary. I did it on purpose. I’m not ashamed to say it because he did something stupid to my teammate. It was stupid but I did it anyway so that he understood: « Damn, you don’t do this. You don’t have the balls to do it against me. But I’ll show you what will happen if you do it with me. » That’s why I did it . « 

Did Azpilicueta react after the match, which sealed Spain’s qualification for the World Cup, ahead of Sweden? « What can he say? He won’t tell me but he will tell my teammate – who won’t do anything because he’s too nice. It wasn’t a good thing of me. , but I would have done it anyway. I’m like that. I’m not ashamed to say it.  » Result of the races, Ibrahimovic will not participate in the first game of the play-offs at the 2022 World Cup, because of the yellow card which suspends him for this crucial meeting.

« It is not about missing the play-offs. It is about making him understand that we are not making fun of a person lying (on the ground), insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We do not attack a dog that does not speak. We attack the one who is able to do something. It’s too easy to take it out on my teammates who are 20 years old and are very nice guys. I hope he understands now . « 

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