Chelsea supporters on social media were not best pleased with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s recent remarks regarding Cesar Azpilicueta.
In an interview with the Guardian, Ibrahimovic addressed the reckless challenge he made on Azpilicueta during Spain’s recent World Cup qualifier against Sweden.
The ageing attacker was caught on camera blatantly barging into the back of the Chelsea captain.
“The other day in the national team, I gave a tackle to (Spain’s Azpilicueta),” said the AC Milan forward.
“I did it on purpose. I’m not ashamed to say it because he did something stupid to my player.
“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.”
Understandably, this did not sit well at all with Blues fans, who were incensed by Ibrahimovic’s comments.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
Surely FIFA have to look into that. Intentionally trying to injure someone and bragging about it? That’s shocking.— James ⭐⭐ (@james11237380) November 23, 2021
Idiot!— Bogdan92⭐⭐ (@Bogdybv1) November 23, 2021
Azpilicueta eventually got the last laugh, as Spain won the game 1-0.
He also managed a smile after the match, telling fans that everything was ‘All good around here’ despite the wrestling move from Ibrahimovic.
It always pays to be the bigger man, which is exactly how the Spaniard usually approaches his profession.
Something that cannot be said the same for Sweden’s veteran forward.
Never one to shy away from a headline, the 40-year-old loves treading the fine line between entertainment and illegality.
Ibra’s Blues battles
He has made a habit of locking horns with those of a Chelsea persuasion.
Last season, he had a run-in with Romelu Lukaku whilst the Blues no.9 was still playing for Inter Milan.
Over half a decade ago, Ibra viscously elbowed John Terry in a friendly fixture with Paris Saint-Germain.
Ashley Cole revealed an altercation he had with the Milan striker during the pair’s days at LA Galaxy.
What is it about the Blues that makes Ibrahimovic so red in the face? Jealously over their Champions League medals, perhaps.