'That was your biggest mistake' - Ibrahimovic slams Vela comparisons

Tanya Simon
July 20, 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a strong choice of words for an LAFC coach after the Galaxy's 3-2 El Trafico win over their rival on Friday night.

Those comparisons included scoring leader Carlos Vela.

The 37-year-old Swedish star answered Carlos Vela's early spot-kick with a stunning equaliser, before a headed second and left-footed third to complete the flawless treble.

"When you play a rival like that in a full stadium - the atmosphere is nice - I get pumped up", Ibrahimovic said on ESPN after the game. Vela brought LAFC within one goal of snatching a point in the 97th minute but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation. The Galaxy are in second place with 37 points.

Former Arsenal forward Vela's goals have propelled his side to the top on the Western conference table, with the Mexican also widely tipped to be the league's player of the season (MVP).

Ibrahimovic - who is second in the league's scoring charts with 16 goals - assumed centre stage in the LA derby, scoring a stunning treble to win the game.

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Vela gave LAFC a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute with a penalty kick.

But four minutes later, Ibrahimovic took a pass from 17-year-old Julian Araujo, chested the ball down, chipped it over his shoulder to himself and beat two defenders before firing the ball past LAFC goalie Tyler Miller.

Besides temporary bragging rights — the two teams meet again on August 25 — the Galaxy (12-8-1) moved into second place in the Western Conference with 37 points — have two wins while the other two ended in ties.

He completed the hat trick 14 minutes later with a blast from 21 yards out off Favio Álvarez's pass.

"I have my confidence and I believe in myself", he continued. "We've got to be able to have a way to take our football and make it so good and so strong that we don't at the end of the day have to deal with all sorts of questions about him".

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