Samuel Eto’o played under the Pep Guardiola at the Catalan giants in 2008-09, but has stunned the football world by stating that said the new Bayern Munich coach barely said two words to him.
Controversial hitman Zlatan Ibrahimovic also spoke out about Guardiola in his autobiography, which was released last year, also labelling the Catalan a ‘coward’.
The Cameroon international said Guardiola often communicated to him through other players because he was afraid.
Samuel Eto’o was speaking to beIN Sports and said: “Guardiola has never had the courage to say things in front of me. He passed by the players.”
“Xavi told me they wanted me to stay but I had to talk to Pep. I say ‘Never, if you do not respect me, I do not respect you.”
The Chelsea striker also alleged that when Guardiola greeted him when Barça played Inter Milan, it was just for the cameras.
“He shook hands with me when I was at Inter and I played against Barca, but this was just for the cameras and TV,” he said.
“Behind the scenes before the match, he did not greet me.”
But Eto’o, never shy of mincing his words, told Guardiola that he had never reached great heights as a player for the Catalan giants, even though he won numerous league titles and a European Cup trophy. The 33 year-old also had harsh words for his ex coach for failing to learn about the dressing room prior to his arrival.
“I first of all reminded Guardiola that he’d never been a great player. He was a good player, that’s true.” “I told him, as a coach, he had proven nothing. He came in and didn’t even know the story of the dressing room.”
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