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Azpilicueta shoulder charge was stupid, but I’d do it again, says Ibrahimovic

Azpilicueta shoulder charge was stupid, but I'd do it again, says Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recognized his shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta was dumb however demanded he would “100%” do it again.

In the ending stages of Sweden’s 1-0 loss to Spain this month, which implied they would need to go through the play-offs to reach the 2022 World Cup, Ibrahimovic steamed into Azpilicueta and sent him traveling to the ground.

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The veteran striker was shown a yellow card that has ruled him out of Sweden’s play-off semi-final in March.

Be that as it may, Ibrahimovic felt it was significant for him to remain standing for a colleague and show the Chelsea defender something new. It’s anything but a choice he would change assuming that he had his time once more.

Speaking on The Guardian: “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. Acting big to my player.”

“It was a stupid thing but I would still do it to make him understand: ‘You don’t f 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.

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“It’s not about missing the play-offs. It’s about making the guy understand you don’t take the p*** out of somebody laying [on the ground]. 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 team-mates who are 20 years old and very nice guys. I hope he understands now.

“I’m not afraid to say it to you. I did a stupid thing. [But] I will do it again. 100 per cent.

“That is what I say about being ‘perfect’. Being myself is perfect for me. I don’t need filters to ask them what kind of questions you will give me.”

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