Zlatan Ibrahimovic Says Pep Guardiola The Most ‘Immature’ Coach I’ve Had

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sharing some harsh words regarding Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola calling him the most “immature” coach he has worked under.

Ibrahimovic joined up with Guardiola at Barcelona back in 2009 and despite scoring 21 goals in his debut season he had a rocky and tenuous relationship with Guardiola.

“The first six months were perfect, then the manager changed system, tactics and it didn’t work for me. I went to talk to him. I’m here to talk, if you think it’s for another reason then we can’t talk” Ibrahimovic said in an interview with Sky Sport Italia.

“I said: ‘I believe that you are sacrificing some players for one player, [Lionel] Messi.’ He said: ‘I don’t think this is the case but I understand what you say. I will take care of it, no problem. I will solve everything.’ I thought it would be OK.

“The following game I was on the bench. I don’t say anything, I work. Second match, bench again. I thought he solved it well and he was not talking to me or explaining. Third match, bench. Then the fourth match comes and bench again.

“I think something is strange. From that moment he stopped talking to me, looking at me. I go into a room and he walks out of it. He was not a bad person, but the most immature [coach] I’ve had because a man solves his problems.”

This isn’t the first time Ibrahimovic has ripped Guardiola, in 2011 Ibrahimovic wrote a book titled “I am Zlatan” in which he called Guardiola “a spineless coward”.

Guardiola responded to the comments in the book by saying; “Always I was clear [with him]. Whatever I said to him I spoke face to face. I never used the media to explain what I wanted from him on the pitch.”