Mino Raiola Calls Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola 'a Coward, a Dog'

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2018

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola waves to the crowd following the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester City at Bet365 Stadium on March 12, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
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Football agent Mino Raiola has launched another attack on Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, calling the Spaniard a "coward" and a "dog" and revealing he nearly attacked him at one point, per Neil Moxley of the Sunday Mirror.

Raiola has been vocal about his ill feelings toward the tactician since 2015, when he told La Gazzetta dello Sport (via AS) he was a "nasty piece of work" following controversy with his client Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Italian-born Dutch football agent Mino Raiola speaks to journalists on September 2, 2016 during presentation of Nice's football club new signings at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southeastern France. / AFP / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should
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As reported by Moxley, he didn't hold back this time around, either:

"Pep Guardiola, the coach, is fantastic. As a person he's an absolute zero. He's a coward, a dog. He’s a classic priest. 'Do as I tell you – don't do what I do...' If Manchester City win the Champions League this season it will emphasise what a good coach he is – but I'll hate it."

He then brought up the controversy that started the feud, going all the way back to 2011.

At the time, Guardiola forced Ibrahimovic out at Barcelona, sending him on loan to AC Milan. As a result, the Swede missed out on winning a UEFA Champions League winner's medal, and when the Blaugrana beat Manchester United at Wembley in the final, Raiola lost it:

"I went for him that night in the corridors at Wembley - only Adriano Galliani, AC Milan's chairman, stopped me. Lucky for Guardiola.

"Guardiola told Zlatan to go to him if he ever had any problems or complaints.

"But then he just ignored him and wasn't playing him. He didn't even say: 'Hello' to Zlatan.

"Guardiola did the same to Maxwell who is a lovely lad.

"So I told Zlatan to go and park his Ferrari in the manager's spot!"

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Raiola is one of the most outspoken agents in the game today, but he also represents some of the biggest names in the sport. Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are but a few of his many clients.

Those clients would appear to be off limits for any team coached by Guardiola at this moment, although the former Bayern Munich boss has done just fine without that group of players over the years.

City lead the Premier League standings by a huge margin and have been in almost untouchable form in Europe as well. Guardiola joined the Sky Blues with a clear focus on the Champions League, and so far, the club is on pace to reach their targets.

He has his side playing breathtaking football and has injected plenty of youth into the squad, setting City up for a bright future. As of right now, there is no need to dig deep into their wallets to go after one of Raiola's high-profile clients.

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