Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ranked Fabio Capello above the duo of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola as the best coach he has ever worked under.
The former Ajax forward is known to be a huge admirer of Mourinho having worked with him twice at Inter Milan and Manchester United.
Even though Ibrahimovic had some of his best moments working with the Portuguese gaffer, he rates Fabio Capello as his best gaffer.
He said in a quote cited on Sky: “I could describe each (coach) but Fabio Capello stands out. He said: ‘You score goals for me and if you don’t score goals, you can sit up in the stand’.
“I like that. I like direct. I don’t want someone saying: ‘Wow, you’re the best, what an amazing player you are.’ I don’t need to hear things I already know. I need somebody who puts fire on my skin.”
Despite scoring just 26 times in 92 matches for Capello, Zlatan hinted Mourinho’s criticism of players made the difference for him.
He added: “When they say he is too outspoken in the media if he is outspoken in the media about you, he has been outspoken to you directly.
“I had a situation at Inter where we had done a bad first half and in front of the team at half-time, he was criticising me.
“I was supposed to be getting an award for being the best player in Italy and he said: ‘When you go on to that stage and receive your award, you should feel ashamed. The way you are playing now, you do not deserve it.’
“Him criticising players is nothing new. It is all about how you take it. Me? I said to myself, ‘I will go out and show him and demonstrate I can do more and do better.”