AC Milan striker Zlatan
Ibrahimovic is likely to be "highly motivated" for Wednesday's
Champions League Group H clash at home to his former club and
holders Barcelona, according to Barca captain Carles Puyol.
Ibrahimovic's much-anticipated return to the Nou Camp was
scuppered in September when the volatile Swede, who fell out
with Barca coach Pep Guardiola and was offloaded to Milan at the
end of the 2009/10 season, was ruled out of the group opener
He has since published his autobiography I am Zlatan,
which revealed some of the verbal attacks he launched at
Guardiola, who he dubbed "the philosopher" during his time in
the Catalan capital.
The book says he used offensive terms to suggest Guardiola
both lacked courage and that he was afraid of Jose Mourinho, the
coach of Barca's arch rivals Real Madrid.
Puyol, who said he was on good terms with Ibrahimovic, told
Barca's website on Sunday the Swede would
be keen to put one over on his former club.
"But then again, who isn't against Barca?" the Spain centre-back added.
"There's a lot to play for, and he'll give everything, but
in any case, I don't think he can be any more motivated than we
Holders Barca and Milan, the 2007 winners, have both
qualified for the knockout round with two matches to spare and
the Spanish club top the group on 10 points with the Italians on
eight in second. Victory for Barca will secure top spot.
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