PSG counting on Ibra for inspiration
PARIS - Agence France-Presse
AFP PhotoParis Saint-Germain is hoping to be inspired by the magic shown by Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as the Ligue 1 leaders host Rennes in French league action on Nov. 17.
PSG drew 1-1 last weekend at defending champion Montpellier, while mid-table Rennes’ campaign has been gaining momentum as the team comes off back-to-back wins against Reims and Nancy.
Ibrahimovic won plaudits for scoring all four goals, including a spectacular long-range bicycle kick, in Sweden’s 4-2 friendly win over England midweek.
And although the Swede is suspended for the match, his Brazilian teammate Alex said he hoped his impressive form would continue to drive on the Parisians.
“Everyone is talking about it,” said defender Alex, who should line up on Nov. 17 as Mamadou Sakho is suspended after he was sent off against Montpellier.
“He has the habit of making the difference and I hope he’ll continue to do so for us. His (Ibrahimovic) performance against England could also help him for the Ballon d’Or.
“He’s a fantastic player and I hope he can maintain this rhythm and his extraordinary athletic power.”
Rennes central defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik said he was disappointed not to be squaring up to Ibrahimovic, describing him as one of the best players in the world.
“Playing against this type of player is always good for experience,” he added.
Paris needs a win to hold off second-place Marseille, who is equal on 23 points but has a game in hand, with the leaders taking just one point from its last two away matches.
Marseille, held 2-2 by Nice last weekend, will miss forwards Andre-Pierre Gignac, Loic Remy and Jordan Ayew.