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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Zlatan Ibrahimovic labels Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta ‘stupid’ after deliberate shoulder barge incident

  Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit out at Cesar Azpilicueta for trying to ‘act big’ and revealed that his shoulder barge on the Chelsea star durin...

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit out at Cesar Azpilicueta for trying to ‘act big’ and revealed that his shoulder barge on the Chelsea star during Sweden’s match against Spain was deliberate.

The incident took place during a World Cup qualifier between the two sides on November 14, when Ibrahimovic landed a nasty shoulder tackle on the Spain defender, who stayed on the ground for a few minutes.

The former Manchester United striker acted as if he had been pushed into Azpilicueta by another Spain player, with replays suggesting that wasn’t the case. He only received a yellow card for the incident and it seemingly wasn’t checked by VAR.

NOOOO ATROPELLARON A AZPI 😱😱😭😭😡😡 pic.twitter.com/8Dw5wysLcr

— Falcons (@Falcons) November 14, 2021

But Ibrahimovic has since confirmed that he meant to foul his former Premier League rival because he was ‘acting big’ towards some of his Sweden teammates. ‘The other day in the national team, I gave a tackle to [Azpilicueta]. I did it on purpose. I’m not ashamed to say it because he did something stupid to my player,’ he told the Guardian.

‘Acting big to my player. It was a stupid thing but I would still do it to make him understand. ‘You don’t f*****g do that. You don’t have balls to do it against me. But I will show you what happens if you do it to me. ‘That’s why I did it. What can he say?’

‘He will not say it to me but he will say it to my player – who will do nothing because he’s too nice. It was not a good thing by me, but I would still do it. That’s me. I’m not ashamed to say it.’

Ibrahimovic will miss Sweden’s play-off semi-final in March after receiving a yellow card for the incident, but the 40-year-old seemed less than phased by that.

 ‘It’s not about missing the play-offs. It’s about making the guy understand you don’t take the p**s out of somebody laying [on the ground],’ he added.‘You don’t attack a dog that doesn’t talk. Attack the one able to do something. ‘It’s too easy to pick on my teammates who are 20-years-old and very nice guys. I hope he understands now.’

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