Marie Mahé, Media365: published on Saturday November 05, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
Present at a press conference, Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach, wanted to respond to a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had decided to attack him. During an interview with Canal+, for the Canal Champions Cup programme, the Swedish international center-forward from AC Milan, now 41, confided that Erling Haaland would not be not able to progress, if Pep Guardiola did not decide to put his ego aside. On this subject, and during a traditional pre-match press conference which took place no later than this Friday, Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City coach, said in particular, while handling the irony: « He (Zlatan Ibrahimovic) is totally right. In this club and in this team, my ego comes before the performance of my players. I don’t like it when Erling (Haaland) scores three goals and takes all the light. I’m so jealous… Honestly, I’m so jealous I told him afterwards, ‘Please Erling, don’t score any more goals’ I want The Sun and the Daily Mail to only talk about me. He (Zlatan Ibrahimovic) is right, he knows me so well. He can write a new book. »
Guardiola and Ibrahimovic rubbed shoulders at Barca
Pep Guardiola and Zlatan Ibrahimovic know each other since both rubbed shoulders with FC Barcelona. And more precisely between the years 2009 and 2011. Guardiola was a coach and Ibrahimovic obviously a player. Between the two men, relations would have remained icy since this famous period. In the meantime, it is this Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. that Manchester City welcomes Fulham, as part of the fifteenth day. The goal is obviously to stay in contact with Arsenal, current leader of the English championship standings. Currently, only two small points separate the two formations. For this new meeting, Pep Guardiola has decided to deprive himself, at kick-off, of Erling Haaland, who will start on the bench of substitutes. The Norwegian, wide top scorer in the elite (17 goals), returns after missing the last two outings due to injury.