Pep Guardiola exploded against Zlatan Ibrahimovic after criticism and left him a sarcastic message

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The Manchester City coach did not remain silent after the Swede's statements: “He's right, he's absolutely right. In this club my ego is beyond anyone else”

Josep Guardiola's response to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Pep Guardiola had Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his handsfor a season at Barcelona, ​​but surprisingly that relationship did not end in the best way. At least, judging by the exchange of statements that has been unleashed in recent hours as a result of a criticism of the Swedish to the Catalan for his “ego”. The current manager of Manchester City did not take long to answer him, opening a controversy in European territory.

The Milan attacker praised Erling Haaland, but suggested that Guardiola could stop his evolution: “< b>Depends on your ego. It depends on whether he is going to let Haaland be bigger than him or not. That was not allowed to me (at Barcelona) or to anyone”.

Far from avoiding the controversy, Pep came out against his former coach during the 2009/10 season at the press conference prior to Manchester City's match against Fulham for the 15th round of the Premier League, which will take place this Saturday: “You're right, you're absolutely right. In this club, in this team, my ego is beyond anyone else, beyond every player.”.

“I don't like it when Erling scores three goals and everything the highlight goes to him. I'm so jealous! Honestly, so jealous!”, he continued with a sarcastic reply. “I told him 'Erling, please, no more goals, otherwise the newspapers will not talk about me, and only about me'. He is right, he knows me perfectly. You can write another book,” he added.

Pep Guardiola exploded against Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the criticism and left him a sarcastic message

Pep and Zlatan shared a brief but successful stage in Barcelona

The reference was direct to the autobiography that Ibra published months ago where he recounts a confrontation with Guardiola and also points out his methods: “The philosopher prefers players who they obey without replying”, he says in that book. It is clear that this is not the first time that the 41-year-old footballer has charged against his former coach, with whom he managed to play more than 40 games dressed in Blaugrana and won five titles.

Meanwhile, Guardiola prepares to face the final stretch of the semester with the Citizens, taking into account that there are only three Premier League games left before the World Cup break: Fulham this Saturday, Chelsea next Wednesday the 9th and Brentford the following Saturday. The Manchester cast will start this 15th as an escort for Arsenal, two units away from reaching it at the top. However, the most important objective of the initial part of the season has been fulfilled: they qualified as the leader of Group G of the Champions League above Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Copenhagen with four wins and two draws.

With the grid about to end, he was asked if the Argentine Julián Álvarez could start again this weekend considering that it would be his third game in a row since the start in seven days: “He's so young, at this age you can play every day”.

he also referred to the retirement of Gerard Piqué from football: “It is surprising news. I personally wish all the best for him and his family. I know his mom and dad, incredible human being, great personality. A player for the big games, who never fails. All the big clubs need these players. The time is coming, the future will be bright, he is a smart guy. An honor to be his coach, we spent 4 incredible years together.”

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