Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich should stick with Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho is under pressure at Stamford Bridge following a terrible start to the season - the Blues have lost seven of their opening 13 Premier League matches and currently occupy 15th place in the table - although the Portuguese coach has alleviated the pressure on his shoulders, to an extent, with back-to-back victories over Norwich City and Maccabi Tel Aviv within the past five days.
Ibrahimovic has never made a secret of the fact he has a huge amount of respect for Mourinho, after working alongside the charismatic coach at Inter Milan, and hinted that Chelsea wouldn’t be able to get anyone better if they sack him.
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“[Mourinho’s] the mastermind,” the 34-year-old told CNN. “He knows what he needs to do to win and I learned a lot [from him].”
When asked by the interviewer if he would keep Mourinho, if he was in Abramovich’s shoes, Zlatan responded: “Who [doesn’t] want Mourinho?”
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Zlatan: Guardiola is not a man
Ibrahimovic has also never made a secret of the fact he does not like Pep Guardiola. The Sweden international still hasn’t forgiven the current Bayern Munich boss after he stopped speaking to him following a bust-up at Barcelona.
“Whatever happened, as a coach he was fantastic,” he continued. “As a person, I have no comments about that.”
The interviewer, laughing, then said: “You don’t like him as a person?”
To which a stony-faced Zlatan responded: “He is not a man.”
Still, at least this time Zlatan actually referred to Guardiola by his surname, rather than ‘The Philosopher’ - a nickname he created for the world-class coach after leaving the Camp Nou in 2011. So that’s progress, right?
Zlatan hails Ancelotti
Ibrahimovic also reserved special praise for Carlo Ancelotti, who is currently out of work after being sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season.
“Carlo Ancelotti was a fantastic coach,” Zlatan added. “He was old school but as a person he was amazing. I could speak with him about everything - not only football.”
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