Football: Bayern brush off Ibrahimovic's Guardiola slur

Football: Bayern brush off Ibrahimovic's Guardiola slur

BERLIN - Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has branded Zlatan Ibrahimovic an "aggrieved prima donna" after the Sweden star's latest verbal attack on coach Pep Guardiola.

Since Guardiola took charge of Bayern in June, the European champions have dropped just two league points, winning six of their seven Bundesliga games so far and are at Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Guardiola and Ibrahmiovic were both at Barcelona for the 2009/10 season, but their relationship soured after Ibrahimovic lost his place in the starting side.

In his autobiography, Ibrahimovic recalls shouting "you haven't got any balls!" at Guardiola after making a brief appearance off the Barcelona bench in one match after the coach prefered to play Argentina's Lionel Messi up front.

And in an interview with German magazine Spiegel, Ibrahimovic gave a fiery answer when asked what he has against Guardiola, 42, who he dubbed "the Philosopher" while at Barcelona.

"Guardiola is a fantastic trainer, but as a person? He is a coward," said the 31-year-old Paris St. Germain forward.

"He isn't a man. In the first months at Barcelona things went well and I scored lots of goals.

"Then he sacrificed me for Lionel Messi, but didn't have the guts to tell me.

"Guardiola has no balls."

Bayern boss Hoeness has said the Bavarians are very happy with Guardiola's work and dismissed Ibrahimovic's latest comments.

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