‘It’s something that motivates me’ – Ibrahimovic loves Guardiola challenge

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The Swede admits that he still gets fired up when he has the opportunity to play that Catalan, although he claims that it is not personal

Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits that he is extra motivated and gets adrenaline when facing former coach Pep Guardiola.

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The duo were together at Barcelona for a season in 2009-10, but their relationship was notoriously fractious and the striker made the move to AC Milan after only one season at Camp Nou.

Ibrahimovic and Guardiola find themselves in the Premier League, the striker at United and the manager at Manchester rivals City.

The 35-year-old Ibrahimovic said taking on Guardiola’s teams gave him more inspiration, although he insisted it was nothing personal.

“When I play against his team, it’s something that motivates me, it gives me adrenaline,” he told Fox Sports Italia.

“It’s not personal what I have. It’s part of the game.”

Ibrahimovic and Guardiola won the Spanish title in their season at Barca, with the Swede scoring 16 league goals.

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He Swede explained that his relationship with the former Bayern Munich coach changed quickly.

“First he called me every day to have me and from one day to the next I didn’t play anymore,” Ibrahimovic said.

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