Milan and Barcelona clash intensifies with Ibrahimovic’s refusal to shake Guardiola’s hand
The Swede, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not sure whether he will shake the hand of his former coach Pep Guardiola. The two have had one too many quandaries ever since Ibrahimovic signed up to play for the Catalans.
Even after Ibrahimovic’s departure from Nou Camp, the tussle between the Spaniard and the Sweden international continued. Now, both teams are scheduled to meet on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League quarter final tie.
The AC Milan striker, Ibrahimovic has asked his team to play perfectly against Barcelona. Ibrahimovic acknowledged their might but also hailed the power of Rossoneri. Barcelona will travel to play at San Siro, therefore although centre back Thiago Silva is benched because of a thigh injury the immediate advantage remains with AC Milan.
“Whether I will shake Guardiola's hand tomorrow? I don't know. What has happened, has happened. Do Guardiola and I still have problems with each other? He has his problems and I have mine. The past is the past,” Ibrahimovic said in the pre-match press conference.
“[Former Barcelona president Joan] Laporta said that they made a mistake when they signed me? That's not what he said before he signed me.”
The former Inter Milan striker then discussed Wednesday game with Barcelona. Ibrahimovic advised his team to concentrate on the game till the final whistle was blown.
“I know myself and my qualities, as well as the qualities of my team-mates. I'm not worried and neither are my team-mates. The whole team has to play a perfect match, including myself.
“We are playing against the best team, but we have nothing to lose. We have to play two perfect games, because Barca are the best team in the world. They have demonstrated that over the past five years.
“Messi and Barca would also do well if they played in Serie A. No other team in the world has that much quality. Not even Real Madrid. Messi is a formidable player. He's evolving and he's beating all the records. I hope that he will continue like this.”
The 30-year-old striker also analyzed the differences between Spanish and Italian football. According to Ibrahimovic Serie A is the best league in the world. He also stated that his wife was very happy with her stay in Italy.
“There's more elegance and technique in Spain, but Serie A remains one of the best leagues in the world. It's much more difficult for a striker to play in Italy than in Spain.
“I like the Italians and the Italian mentality. My family like it here and we want to stay. My kids are even more Italian than me.”