Dejan Kulusevski vs. France: Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls Sweden Coach Janne Andersson “f**king joke”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has described the head coach of Sweden national team, Janne Andersson as a “f**king joke” for not using 20-year-old Juventus right-winger, Dejan Kulusevski, in their 1-0 loss to France on Saturday, September 5.

The 38-year-old retired Sweden international could not hide his displeasure over the outcome of his country’s European Nations League match against France and decided to blame it on Janne Andersson’s team selection.

The AC Milan striker retweeted a link shared on Twitter on Sunday where Sweden head coach was reacting to the outcome of the match and the questions surrounding not starting Dejan Kulusevski.

Kulusevski is seen as the future of the Swedish football team but the head coach of the national team decided not to start him and waited until the last 20 minutes before he decided to throw him into the match when Sweden was already down by a goal.

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The youngster was not happy for being sidelined at the beginning of the match and had to air his displeasure when he appeared on C More’s broadcast. Despite the fact that he criticized the match, the head coach of the team insisted that he did not want to talk about the youngster but noted that the winger didn’t say anything bad in the broadcast.

Dejan Kulusevski
Dejan Kulusevski

When the push about Dejan Kulusevski got so intense during the post-match conference, Janne Andersson had to assure the media and the fans of the Juventus youngster that he could feature him in the country’s match against Portugal on Tuesday, September 8.

“I have not experienced him as very shocked”, the coach said. “He has done well in training, just like many others. We will see if there will be more playing time on Tuesday. He has great qualities and is a great player and will grow into this eventually.”

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On the part of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who retired from national team football in 2016 after making 116 appearances and scoring 62 goals, the decision of Janne Andersson to drop Dejan Kulusevski from his starting eleven was a proof of incompetent.

“What a fucking joke”, Zlatan Ibrahimovic wrote on Twitter in Swedish. “Another proof. Incompetent people in the wrong positions that suffocate Swedish football.”

Dejan Kulusevski is yet to play any match for Juventus since he joined the club in the winter of 2020 from Atalanta for a transfer fee worth €35 million. He was on loan at Parma when he signed the deal and returned to Parma for the rest of the 2019-2020 season. He is expected to fight for a place at Juventus in the forthcoming 2020-2021 season.q

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