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Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in World Cup qualifying clash was a deliberate act and that he would do it again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in World Cup qualifying clash was a deliberate act and that he would do it again..

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in World Cup qualifying clash was a deliberate act and that he would do it again
Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in World Cup qualifying clash was a deliberate act and that he would do it again—–

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted his brutal shoulder charge on Cesar Azpilicueta in a World Cup qualifier last week was a deliberate act and that he would do it all over again.

The 40-year-old AC Milan striker sent the Chelsea captain flying after slamming his shoulder into the back of Azpilicueta in the closing stages of Sweden’s 1-0 defeat against Spain in the World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

As a corner was swung into the box, Ibrahimovic smashed Spain’s right back, flooring him on the spot.

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Speaking to The Guardian, Ibrahimovic explained the brutal shoulder charge was entirely deliberate to put the Chelsea defender in his place for ‘acting big’ against a younger Sweden player earlier in the game.

‘The other day in the national team, I gave a tackle to [Cesar Azpilicueta]. I did it on purpose,’ he said.

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‘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***ing 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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Asked whether Azpilicueta approached him after the final whistle, he replied: ‘He will not say it to me but he will say it to my player – who will do nothing because he’s too nice.

‘It was not a good thing by me, but I would still do it. That’s me. I’m not ashamed to say it.’

Ibrahimovic avoided a red card, but will miss Sweden’s play-off semi-final in March after being booked off camera.

The former Manchester United striker, however, insisted the suspension did not bother him.

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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**s out of somebody laying [on the ground],’ he continued.

‘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 teammates who are 20 years old and very nice guys. I hope he understands now.’

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