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Ibrahimovic: Guardiola is a coward

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic launched another scathing attack on his former boss Pep Guardiola after falling-out during their time together at Barcelona

The Swedish striker won four trophies during his time at the Catalan giants, scoring 16 goals in his 29 appearances.

The 31-year-old, who has just signed a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain, fell out of favour at the Camp Nou as Guardiola put his faith in Argentine Lionel Messi.

Ibrahimovic admitted that Guardiola is a great coach but insists the Catalan manger chose the easy option in going to Bayern Munich.

"He's a fantastic coach, but he's a coward. He's not a man", the Swede told German weekly Der Spiegel.

"Guardiola has no balls. He sacrificed me for Messi and didn't have the guts to tell me.

"Messi is a brilliant player, but he was Guardiola's 'pet', when Guardiola spoke they would just sit there and nod. Like schoolboys in front of the teacher."

Ibrahimovic played under Jose Mourinho during his time at Inter Milan before he was sold to Barcelona for a fee close to €70 million.

"Mourinho doesn't need to act out a role. Not like Guardiola, who wants to be perfect. Tiger Woods wanted to be perfect too, and look what happened. The same goes for Guardiola. Everyone has a dark side," he added.

"Mourinho can deal with different types of personalities and has always taken on tough challenges, like now at Chelsea, whereas Guardiola avoids them.

"Why did Guardiola choose Bayern Munich? Because it's a team that worked perfectly well without him. It was already the complete package. He's brought in new players, but they weren't needed."

The enigmatic striker is widely regarded as one of the worlds top strikers since he made a name for himself at Inter Milan - where he scored 57 times in 88 appearances.

Ibrahimovic has scored 37 times in 52 appearances for PSG since he moved from AC Milan for an initial fee of €20 million.

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