Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, insisting that the Sweden international was a dream to coach at Inter Milan.
Ibrahimovic famously fell out with Pep Guardiola, who has had plenty of run-ins with Mourinho, during his ill-fated spell with Barcelona in 2009/10. However, the Blues boss has described working with the world-class striker as "easy" rather than a chore.
When asked by Yahoo what it was like to coach Ibrahimovic, Mourinho responded: “Easy, easy. I don’t understand when people say he is a difficult guy to work with or a difficult personality.
“A difficult personality [is] when you have to work with people who don’t want to win or don’t want to improve. When you have somebody that is a winner and wants to win all the time and wants to be the best and is not afraid of the big responsibilities, I think he is very, very easy.
“I only coached him for a year but it was a good year, a good experience and I rate him as one of the best players I have ever coached.”
Ibrahimovic, despite being 32, is currently enjoying the best season of his professional career. In 40 matches, the powerful Swede has scored a magnificent 40 goals and provided a further 16 assists.
Now he prepares to take on Mourinho's Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals, with the first leg at the Parc des Princes scheduled for next Wednesday, before the return leg at Stamford Bridge six days later.
Ibrahimovic has spoken highly of Mourinho in the past, revealing in September that the Portuguese coach made him "feel like a lion" during his spell at the San Siro.