It’s usual the manager who is on the receiving end of a Zlatan Ibrahimovic outburst but the roles were reversed at Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.
The French club have enjoyed a momentous era of domestic success Qatar Sports Investments arrived in 2012 to inject billions into the club.
It’s now seen as a disappointment if PSG do not win the treble each season. In fact, Laurent Blanc was sacked in June even after winning all three domestic competitions in 2015-16.
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So, in April 2013, when the club travelled to Annecy to take on Evian in the quarter-final of the Coupe de France, then-PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti had one thing on his mind: victory.
It was a game that Ancelotti expected to win. Evian were battling relegation from Ligue 1 at the time and his team hadn’t tasted defeat since early March, even drawing 1-1 at the Camp Nou a week before playing their quarter-final tie.
Javier Pastore set PSG on their way with an eighth minute opener but Saber Khelifa equalised moments before half-time. The game went to penalties with neither team able to find a winner.
Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva both missed from 12 yards and suddenly a team that included stars in every position was out.
Ancelotti lost it
Ancelotti rarely loses his cool but even he couldn’t hold back after the shock defeat. And it was the Swede who bore the brunt of his fury.
“We had played really, really badly,” the Italian, now manager of Bayern Munich, told FourFourTwo. “I was very angry – so much so that I broke a door.
“I also kicked a box and it landed on Ibrahimovic’s head. He didn’t react.
“If I ever lose my temper, I need to leave the dressing room and sometimes go and have a quick cigarette and then I’m fine again, although I am trying to give them up.”
We’re trying to imagine a scene in which a box can land onto a 6ft 4in person’s head. No, can’t do it.
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But the fact remains that Ancelotti kicked a box that hit Ibrahimovic and we can’t think of anything funnier. Having seen the temperamental Swede over the years, there must have been a part of Ancelotti that immediately regretted where the box went.
What is it with famously successful managers kicking objects at the heads of PSG and Manchester United players?