Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, again took aim at Guardiola this week over their time together at Barcelona.
Guardiola said: “Zlatan I have a lot of respect for what he has done in his career. What he did everywhere is amazing. He is one of the best players. Some players need time to understand the league but the big players don't."
On the prospect of Claudio Bravo making his debut tomorrow, he added: “Claudio is OK.
“He had a little bit of a problem in his leg but he's trained the last two days."