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Ibra unsure of Guardiola handshake

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By David Redshaw

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he does not know if he will shake hands with Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola on Wednesday.

The two clubs meet in a quarter-final first-leg Champions League clash at the San Siro but the former Barca striker, who had a much publicised falling out with Guardiola before his move to Milan in August, 2010, is unsure whether or not he will greet his former boss.

“I don’t know if I’ll shake hands with Guardiola,” said the Swede. “What happened has happened. He has his problems and I have mine. But life goes on. I am at peace with myself and every day the sun rises.”

Barca and Milan have already met in the group stages of the competition, with the teams drawing 2-2 at the Camp Nou and the Catalans prevailing 3-2 in a thrilling encounter in Italy last November. Ibrahimovic believes his team must stay true to their style of play, although he acknowledged they will have to exercise more caution against a team of Barcelona’s class.

“Against Barca we must play our own game and take advantage of our quality and home advantage. I don’t like to play defensively but I would understand it if that is what the Coach wants, as we are the only Italian team in Europe. For a striker it is more difficult to play in Italy than in Spain. There everything is more about style, quality and touch,” he added.

Commenting on his 12 months with Barcelona, the 30-year-old admitted he wished his stay could have been longer.

“When I signed for Barca it was a dream come true,” explained Ibrahimovich. “It annoys me it was only for one year. I wanted to play against the best. A second year would have been better so I could have adapted. But it was my best first year at all the teams I have been at.”

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