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Barca must deactivate Ibrahimovic, says Guardiola

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unstoppable if he is given too much of the ball and Barcelona will try to deactivate the AC Milan forward with their trademark possession game, coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday

Reuters, Tuesday 27 Mar 2012
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Barca will face their former striker Ibrahimovic, who left Nou Camp on bad terms at the end of the 2009-10 season, as they visit the Serie A champions for their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, the outstanding tie of the round.

“We have to deactivate Ibra and Milan by monopolising possession of the ball,” said Guardiola. He is a very strong player especially in the air. He is unstoppable if he participates a lot in the match.

“We owe him part of a league title. His first six months (at Barcelona) were very good.”

Having left Barcelona after only one season in which he helped them win La Liga, Ibrahimovic launched a stinging attack on Guardiola, saying he could not understand why their relationship had broken down.

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