Following Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win over State Rennes on Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasn’t too interested in answering questions from journalists who don’t have the appropriate credentials to reach the heights necessary for Zlatan questioning.
A local reporter in the mixed zone felt the need to ask Zlatan about his relationship with teammate Edinson Cavani, who is rumored to have fallen out with manager Laurent Blanc. Big, big mistake.
The reporter elaborated on his question using the shameful journalistic crutch phrase of “a lot of people say” to describe his own feelings, and Zlatan called him out on it. “A lot of people? Or you?” the Swedish striker fired back with. The reporter tried to save face with “a lot of press people.” Zlatan wasn’t buying it.
Ibrahimovic pounced on the wounded reporter, and it wasn’t a fair fight. Zlatan completely skirted the question by asking the reporter, “Do you know better than me? Do you know football better than me?” “No…” “Then why are you talking about it?”
Will someone PLEASE get that man some ointment for his burn.
With the screen flashing FINISH HIM, Zlatan applied the icing on the cake, asking the reporter if he was a “journalist or a cameraman?” “A journalist…” “Then why are you holding a camera? So it’s low-budget.”
Poor, poor man. He clearly did not #DareToZlatan, and paid dearly for his transgression.
Don’t sleep on the fact that Schmid might be gathering momentum from inheriting a talented and underachieving roster and a brand new game-changing midfielder, which feels a bit like karmic retribution for Seattle firing him and signing Lodeiro the next day last season. Seattle only went and won the MLS Cup.
Schmid has used any number of formations, but could deploy a 4-3-3 with Jona Dos Santos, Jermaine Jones, and Joao Pedro in the midfielder and Giovani Dos Santos, Alessandrini, and Gyasi Zardes up top (Sebastian Lletget could return at some point, too).
Now FC Dallas is very deep, Sporting KC looks powerful, and Seattle won it all last year — plus, may be adding Derlis Gonzalez?!? — but LA’s move to add Dos Santos creates a quartet of teams with proven mettle (Houston looks decent, too, but I have concerns about their first-time as a unit in the playoffs).
While that still hampers the idea of the 34-year-old playing again — he’ll be 36 when the ban ends — it’s a significant change if he’s open to the idea of returning to the game.
Barton’s original ban expired in late October 2018, well into a season. From Sky Sports:
The appeal board also agreed: “It was clear that Mr Barton was not involved in any cheating, he did not influence any games and there was nothing suspicious about his bets.
“(The reduction) reflects the overall seriousness of the breaches and also the mitigation of Mr Barton’s addiction.”
Barton’s remarkably controversial career has including several suspensions and imprisonment, but he always found his way back to the field and was very good when in form. After time at Manchester City and Newcastle United, Barton fended off naysayers with stints at QPR, Marseille, Burnley, and a regrettable move to Rangers.