Guardiola is a crap person – Ibrahimovic agent slams coach

The Spaniard had a fractious relationship with the striker during his time in charge of Barcelona, with the player’s representative reigniting the feud


Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has slammed Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola by claiming he “sucks as a person” following his treatment of his client back in 2011.

The striker, now with Paris Saint-Germain, spent two years at Camp Nou before leaving under a cloud in 2011 after a much publicised dispute with Guardiola over his lack of playing time in his final season.

Ibrahimovic labelled Guardiola a “spineless coward” in his autobiography and now Raiola, who has represented the Sweden star for much of his career, has reignited the feud between the pair.

“Guardiola was the one who took Ibra to Barcelona and then treated him very badly,” he said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He’s a great coach, but he’s crap as a person.”

In his book, brahimovic also blamed Guardiola for his failure to win the Champions League at Barcelona, a trophy which has eluded the 33-year-old throughout his career, despite winning league titles in five different countries.

He was sold to AC Milan in 2011 before moving on to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, where he has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons.

Nobody's better than Guardiola – Robben

The Dutchman lauded his gaffer for the way he thinks about football constantly and says the Champions League is undoubtedly Bayern’s main aim this season


Arjen Robben does not believe there is a coach in the world who lives, breathes and thrives in football like Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.

The Dutchman has shone under the ex-Barcelona leader’s tutelage at the Allianz Arena, and narrowly missed out on making the final three for the 2014 Ballon d’Or with his performances for Bayern and Netherlands.

Guardiola guided Bayern to four trophies in his opening season and Robben does not think any other coach is at the same level as the Spaniard.

“Pep Guardiola breathes football, he thinks about it 24/7,” the experienced winger told Telefoot. “Tactically, he’s the best in the world.

“It’s a privilege to work with him. I am 31-years-old but I still learn things from him.”

Robben also discussed Bayern’s desire to become European champions for the second time in three years, especially with the showpiece in June set to be played on German soil, and reveals his secret attacking ingredient is keeping the opposition clueless.

“The Champions League is our main objective,” he added, “what with the final being played in Berlin. We don’t need to get accustomed to each other now as we still have the same team and the same coach as last year. I think we have improved.

“What’s my secret? It’s all about timing. I always try to do something different. You have to surprise the defenders. It’s a game between you and them.

“I get a lot of pleasure playing football and I hope I’ll be able to keep doing it for a long time.”

Bayern can't play like that again – Boateng

The defender says his side need to take a “good, long look” at their performance after they were thrashed by Wolfsburg


Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng hopes the Bundesliga champions’ shock 4-1 loss at Wolfsburg can act as a wake-up call.

Heading into their first match following the mid-season break, Pep Guardiola’s defending champions were unbeaten in the league and had only conceded four goals.

The tally was ultimately doubled on a remarkable evening at the Volkswagen Arena as Bas Dost and Kevin de Bruyne scored two goals apiece and second-placed Wolfsburg closed the gap at the summit to eight points.

Juan Bernat netted when Bayern were 3-0 down but his strike could not prompt a comeback as Boateng and his defensive colleagues continued to struggle under a relentless attacking display from Dieter Hecking’s team.

“It’s simple – we played really badly,” Boateng told reporters, as quoted on his club’s official website.

“It might be good that it’s happened to us today because it’s a wake-up call. We can’t afford another performance like that.

“We weren’t aggressive and gave away possession far too easily. We have to take a good, long look at ourselves.

“We all know we’ll need a vast improvement against Schalke if we’re to make amends for this.”

Dost opened the scoring on the counterattack after four minutes and both De Bruyne’s goals came as direct passes from Maximilian Arnold easily unpicked Bayern’s backline.

“It wasn’t our day,” said captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. “We often lost our shape when we attacked and they picked us apart relatively easily on the break.

“That shouldn’t be happening. We need to work out what went wrong and do better in our next match.”

Dost hails 'ice-cold' Wolfsburg after Bayern thrashing

Both the striker and head coach Dieter Hecking believe the entire side can be proud of the way they dismantled the champions on Friday


Bas Dost has hailed Wolfsburg’s “ice-cold” finishing after they beat Bayern Munich 4-1 on Friday evening.

The Dutchman scored two goals – the second an impressive sliced volley – in the first half before Kevin de Bruyne made the scoreline emphatic with his own double in the second 45 minutes.

Pep Guardiola admitted after the match that his side could not live with Wolfsburg’s attacks and Dost was delighted with the way they performed.

“We played very well on the counter and were ice-cold,” he was quoted as saying by the official Bundesliga website.

“The first goal was very fast and the second was just a happy one. We played better until the end. We can be very proud.”

Head coach Dieter Hecking, meanwhile, acknowledged his side delivered a perfect display as they closed to within eight points of the Bundesliga leaders.

“You need a perfect day to beat Bayern like that,” he said.

“We have played a great game of football and the team implemented everything we discussed. We wanted to win the ball back quickly.”

Wolfsburg are back in action with an away game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday.

Guardiola: We couldn't handle Wolfsburg counterattacks

Manuel Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger were also left frustrated at Bayern’s lack of control on the game as the leaders were thrashed 4-1


Pep Guardiola admits Bayern Munich could not handle Wolfsburg’s counterattacks as they suffered a 4-1 thrashing on Friday night.

Two goals each from Bas Dost and Kevin de Bruyne gave Wolfsburg a resounding win as the Bundesliga returned after the winter break on an emotional night at the Volkswagen Arena, which saw a pre-match tribute to Junior Malanda, the Vfl youngster who died in a car accident.

Bayern conceded as many goals on the night as they did in the entire first half of the Bundesliga campaign, while Wolfsburg enjoyed more attempts on the champions’ goal than any other side has managed this term.

And Guardiola conceded his side could not cope with the ruthless speed of Dieter Hecking’s attacking system.

“They got an early goal and we couldn’t control their counter in the first half,” he was quoted as saying by the official Bundesliga website.

“Congratulations to Wolfsburg, they were better at the right moments. After a six-week break, now we need match practice.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger believes Bayern were made to pay for a lack of control in their own build-up play.

“We lost the order in our attacks. We can’t do that against a team so strong on the counter, with players like De Bruyne,” he said. “Now we have to analyse things.”

Manuel Neuer, meanwhile, is adamant his side have a lot of work to do as they continue their quest for a treble.

“It’s not a good restart. It’s not a disaster, but we know we have a lot of work ahead of us,” said the goalkeeper.

“We lost the decisive battles. The opposition were running towards me alone – it was too easy.”