World Cup-winning striker: Zlatan is a ‘cone’

Date published: Tuesday 20th September 2016 12:58

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a ‘cone’ who does not move enough for Premier League football, says World Cup-winning striker Christophe Dugarry.

The Swede has scored four Premier League goals – the same as Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue – but Dugarry is unimpressed with his lack of mobility.

“Ibra is a cone. People talk about his stats… but he’s a cone,” he said on RMC, where he hosts a radio show. “When you see Zlatan’s matches, it’s not possible to do that. It’s English football, it goes at 2,000 kilometres an hour.”

English football is certainly a specialist subject of Dugarry – he scored six goals in 30 games for Birmingham City over a decade ago.

“I get the feeling Mourinho’s last tactical success was that Champions League game between Inter Milan and Barcelona,” says Dugarry, citing the semi-final in 2010.

“He’s won titles since, but I think he’s lost the plot. He believes he has become more important than the team.

“Tactically, I think he doesn’t put anything in place. Apart from the players, who have changed, it’s the same organisation as last season under [Louis] Van Gaal.

“He always blames the referee or their opponents’ good fortune. There is no self-criticism.”

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