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Ibrahimovic: Chiellini would be in hospital if I had a problem with him

19:37 GMT+3 17/06/2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Giorgio Chiellini Italy Sweden Euro 2016
The Sweden striker claimed he had no issue with the Italy centre-back in his own unique style after the Azzurri's 1-0 victory in Toulouse on Friday

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed Giorgio Chiellini would be "in the hospital" if he had any problem with him during Sweden's defeat to Italy.

The former Juventus team-mates duelled throughout a match which remained goalless until Eder's 88th-minute winner for the Azzurri.

Ibrahimovic appeared unhappy with one Chiellini challenge on John Guidetti but insisted after the match that he holds no grudge towards the centre-back.

"Everything was okay," he told reporters. "It's all fine. If not, he'd be in the hospital right now."

The out-of-contract striker was left to rue a result which leaves Sweden on one point after two matches, with group rivals Belgium and the Republic of Ireland in action on Saturday.

"This game shows that against a team like Italy, great team that they are, you must play for the entire 90 minutes," Ibrahimovic added. 

"It's not enough to play for 89. You must be cautious for the whole game."

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