Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Barcelona centre-forward will miss the team’s next La Liga match, away to Tenerife on Sunday the 10th, after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last night.
The Swede, who was frustrated by the Villarreal’s tight marking, and dubious refereeing – whose calls seemed to be against him all night, could not contain it further in the 88th minute when he two-footed stomp one of his marker, Villarreal’s centre-back Diego Godin. He was lucky to get off only with the lesser caution as it could easily have been a sending-off offence.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola advised Ibrahimovic to control his temper and accept the decisions made by match officials or he risks letting down the team.
“He’s a temperamental player, but he needs to be a bit careful because we might end up with 10 players one day. Ibrahimovic needs to be strong mentally, and he is capable of doing that as he’s a great player. We can never control referees’ decisions.”
This week’s missed match will be the player’s third after he was rested for the Valencia match at the Mestalla (0-0, 17 Oct. 09), and against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames (1-1, 21 Nov. 09) due to injuries.
Zlatan has so far started 11, and was used as a substitute in another 3 La Liga matches.
He has also received yellow cards in these matches before last night, and will be the first Barcelona player suspended due to the cautions:
Racing Santander – 22 Sep. 09
Malaga – 26 Sep. 09
Osasuna – 31 Oct. 09
Espanyol – 12 Dec. 09