Guardiola: Ibrahimovic has to Speak on the Pitch, in the Moment of Truth, Peace
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has hit back at AC Milan attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his comments in the wake of the Catalans' 3-1 Champions League quarter-final win over the Rossoneri on Tuesday.
The Blaugrana were awarded two spot-kicks during the second-leg match at Camp Nou, and Ibrahimovic suggested after the final whistle that Uefa were aiding Barcelona to make it to the final, before adding that the understands the frustration of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho in regards to refereeing decisions favouring Barca.
Guardiola was not impressed with the Swede's comments, and urged Ibrahimovic to do his talking on the pitch instead.
"Mr. Ibrahimovic can say what he likes. Now he is making friends with Mourinho. But on the pitch, in the moment of truth, is where he has to speak. They were both penalties," Guardiola said to reporters.
"If Mr. Ibrahimovic or Mourinho think we don’t deserve our qualification and that we are winning thanks to referees, I’ll say to them that we are going to play a semi-final for the fifth time in a row. And that actually means something."
Barcelona will meet either Chelsea or Benfica in the last four of the Champions League. The English side defend a 1-0 lead in Wednesday evening's second leg at Stamford Bridge.
By FM Online, 07/04/2012