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Zlatan invokes Tiger Woods in new rebuke of former coach

AFP/The Local · 18 Oct 2010, 13:56

Published: 18 Oct 2010 13:56 GMT+02:00

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The Sweden forward, who spent just one year in Spain, told Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport: "Guardiola wants to appear perfect in public. Tiger Woods is the same. But no one is perfect."

He also took aim at what he believed was Guardiola's inexperience.

"He's a great manager but with little experience, and still too young to manage a team with 22 stars with different personalities."

Guardiola guided Barcelona to six trophies in 2009 but Ibrahimovic commented: "It's not difficult to win at Barcelona. With such a team, who couldn't win?"

He had more favourable words for Jose Mourinho, his coach at Inter in 2008-09, and who he will cross swords with again on Tuesday when AC Milan face Real Madrid in the Champions League.

"'Mou' motivated me, he's a winner...Mourinho comes, he wins, then says goodbye and thank you."

This is not the first time Ibrahimovic has taken Guardiola to task.

Last month the 28-year-old striker dismissed his former Barca manager as "a small time" coach.

"In my book, a great coach solves his problems. A small-time coach runs from them," Ibrahimovic told a press conference in Stockholm.

"There was only one person (on the Barcelona team) who wanted to get rid of me," he insisted, explaining why he left the team and signed for AC Milan on an initial one-year loan with a pre-arranged 24-million-euro permanent deal arranged for the end of the season.

While Guardiola has declined to respond in public Barcelona president Sandro Rosell labeled Ibrahimovic's purchase from Inter as the worst financial mistake in the club's history.

"It's Barca's worst transaction, but I think that we sold quite well, having bought badly," he said on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic joined Barca from Inter in the summer of 2009 for a club-record fee of €46 million ($64 million), with Cameroonian striker Eto'o -- valued at €20 million -- moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

The Swede helped Barca win the league title last season but failed to fit into Guardiola's playing strategy.

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He joined AC Milan this summer on an initial loan deal with a €24 million purchase clause, to be paid in three installments of eight million euros over the next three years.

Barca's general director, Antoni Rossich, said Ibrahimovic's departure represented a loss of €33.4 million for the club.

Ibrahimovic's AC Milan take on Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Golf star Tiger Woods' perfect image was shattered last year following revelations of a series of extra-marital affairs.

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Your comments about this article

14:29 October 18, 2010 by dizzy09
please Zlatan shut the f....up!loser.
15:10 October 18, 2010 by Kaethar
Epic Zlatan. :D
15:42 October 18, 2010 by bambam
"There was only one person (on the Barcelona team) who wanted to get rid of me,"

Unfortunately for zlatan it was the one person whose opinion mattered
18:36 October 18, 2010 by omphus
Amazingly shite sport, put a cap on individual salary's and watch the ego deflate, or what the sport crumble...either way
18:43 October 18, 2010 by Elias06
"Mourinho motivates me " hahahahahaha, he is the one who kicked you out of Inter, he made the best deal in Inter History by kicking you out of his team.

Zlatan should say " Mourinho motivates me to find another club"...Barça made a big mistake and overpaid for him, but if there is a small time person in this story, its Zlatan he has a bad mentality and a bad spirit (that we knew before) now he proved that he has no dignity either ...
20:43 October 18, 2010 by NickM
Ibrahamobitch is one of the most overated players of all time. I said from the minute Barca signed him it would be a mistake and so it has proved. The only reason they signed him was to prove they could spend as big as Madrid after they signed Ronaldo, Benzema and Kaka so Barca are idiots too.
23:20 October 18, 2010 by demils
tiger woods, ahhh wealth, fame, prestige and a Swedish, wife. What more could you ask for removing the first three? I could. People with such a narrow appreciation for history make me sad and to think Elin Nordegren, wow uhhh?? huh? thats pathetic of him
01:09 October 19, 2010 by Roy E
That's really a low blow. Woods is a world class scumbag. The coach would have to be guilty of some pretty heinous offenses to warrant such a comparison.

This is probably just the vacuous hyperbole of another trash talking prima donna athlete.
04:15 October 19, 2010 by pantheratigris
Guardiola might be a small time coach, but you sir got a pretty big nose... Btw I still can't believe that deal ever happened, Etoo is a way better player!
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