Sweden striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that he does not regret his brutal shoulder tackle on Spain defender, Cesar Azpilicueta during both teams’ World Cup qualifying tie on November 14 because the Chelsea captain did something stupid to his player.
The AC Milan star said he was not ashamed of what he did to Azpilicueta, adding that it was deliberate and that he would do it all over again.
Recall that Zlatan sent Azpilicueta flying after slamming his shoulder into the back of the Chelsea right-back in the closing stages of Sweden’s 1-0 defeat against Spain in the World Cup qualifier.
As a corner was swung into the box, Zlatan smashed Azpilicueta, flooring him on the spot.
Speaking on the development, Zlatan told The Guardian, “The other day in the national team, I gave a tackle to [Cesar 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***ing do that. You don’t have the 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.”
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.”