Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be hoping to deliver disappointment to Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea team on Wednesday, but he will do so with the lingering feeling of what could have been between himself and the Portuguese.
Paris Saint-Germain travel to Stamford Bridge next week for the clubs’ Champions League last 16 second leg clash and Ibrahimovic will need to put in a top class performance if the Ligue 1 champions are to advance after the first leg finished 1-1.
Speaking ahead of the clash, the Swede revealed that he had many regrets from his time working under Mourinho while at Inter Milan during the 2008-09 season, before moving to Barcelona in a deal worth €46million and Samuel Eto’o.
“I had a great experience with Jose, we worked together for one year at Inter. The feeling was great between us and my only regret is that we were together for only one year,” the 33-year-old Telefoot.
It turned out to be an especially bad move for Ibrahimovic in the end, as he did not have the most harmonious of experiences at the Camp Nou. He famously wrote about falling out with then manager Pep Guardiola in his autobiography and in the end only spent a single season with Barcelona.
This was made worse by the fact that in he season he left for the Catalan club, Mourinho turned Inter into a seriously good side, with Eto’o a big part of it, and won a historic treble, beating Barcelona in the semi-finals on the way to lifting the Champions League.
Chelsea were also beaten by the Serie A side in that campaign and perhaps Mourinho could helped to dispel the absurd view in the UK that somehow Ibrahimovic is not one of the leading players in world football.
Some of that is Ibrahimovic’s fault for not really producing the goods when facing Premier League sides in Europe as of yet, though his performances have been streets better than what some in England have suggested.
Wednesday evening could be the perfect opportunity for Ibrahimovic to do just that and ruin Chelsea’s post League Cup good feelings, but Mourinho is too clever for that - there’s a reason why his framer charge wishes they had more time together.
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