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Why I attacked Azpilicueta – Ibrahimovic

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AC Milan star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has hit out at Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, describing him as stupid.

He lampooned the Spaniard for trying to ‘act big’, revealing that his shoulder barge on the Blues captain during Sweden’s match against Spain was deliberate.

Ibrahimovic and Azpilicueta clashed during a World Cup qualifying match between the two European countries on November 14.

The Swede landed a nasty shoulder tackle on the Spain defender, who stayed on the ground for a few minutes.

Ibrahimovic acted as if he had been pushed into Azpilicueta by another Spain player, with replays suggesting that the 49-year-old was not pushed.

The former Manchester United star only received a yellow card for the incident and it seemingly wasn’t checked by VAR.

“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,” he told the Guardian.

“Acting big to my player. It was a stupid thing but I would still do it to make him understand.

“You don’t f*****g 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. What can he say?’

“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.

“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 added.

“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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EPL: Ronaldo would rather retire than be ‘benchwarmer’ under Rangnick – Agbonlahor

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Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has insisted that Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, would rather retire sooner than be a ‘benchwarmer’ under manager, Ralf Rangnick.

Agbonlahor believes Rangnick will have a “problem” if he keeps Ronaldo on the Man United bench for upcoming games.

Rangnick has been appointed Man United interim manager until the end of the season.

The 63-year-old German will then take up a two-year consultancy role at the club.

Rangnick is famed for a ‘gegenpressing’ style, an approach many feel will not be suited to Ronaldo, who was left out of Man United’s starting XI against Chelsea last weekend.

Ronaldo was dropped to the bench for Man United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Portugal captain seemed visibly frustrated at the end of the game as he marched straight down the tunnel after being introduced as a substitute.

But Agbonlahor suggested it could get even worse if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is not a regular starter under Rangnick.

“If Rangnick has to drop Ronaldo, how will that affect the rest of the squad?” Agbonlahor said to Football Insider correspondent, Connor Whitley.

“Ronaldo will be a big voice in that changing room and he won’t want to be on the bench. Rangnick will have a problem if he chooses to leave the talisman on the bench.

“Ronaldo will not accept that, no way. He won’t mind being rested over Christmas when there are two games, three games in a week. That’s different, we all know you’ve to have rest.

“To not play regularly, though, Ronaldo is not that guy. I am sure Ronaldo would rather retire than be a benchwarmer.

“He is not that guy, he wants to play every game. It will be interesting to see what happens. He could end up retiring.”

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Watford vs Chelsea: EPL clash suspended over medical emergency

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The Premier League game between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road, has been suspended temporarily.

This is due to a medical emergency in the stands involving a fan.

Chelsea’s medical staff ran across the field to attend to the victim, who is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

The players were then ordered to leave the field and returned to the dressing room to keep warm while medics administered CPR to the fan.

Watford’s official Twitter account wrote: “There is a break in play due to a medical emergency in the crowd. Both teams have left the field.”

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EPL: Manchester United officially announce Ralf Rangnick as new manager

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Manchester United have appointed Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager.

Man United disclosed this in a statement via their website on Monday.

Rangnick’s appointment is coming less than 24 hours after Man United played a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a Premier League tie on Sunday.

The statement read in part: “Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements.

“Following this period, Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years.”

Reacting, John Murtough, Manchester United’s football director, told the club’s website: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football. He was our number one candidate for an interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.

“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”

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