Ibrahimovic and Ancelotti confident over toppling Barcelona for PSG victory
In spite of his notorious strikes at Barcelona, Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims the Catalan giants are “probably the best team ever on this planet”. The former Barcelona forward was full of praise for old team and their prodigal Argentinean Lionel Messi, but is of the belief that his side, Paris Saint Germain, will be able topple the Spanish football powerhouse in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unable to record his best at Barcelona, something that later became the cause of his exit. The 31-year-old Sweden international left Barcelona in 2011 for AC Milan and consequently joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012.
Since moving into the French club, Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasn’t wasted a single opportunity to praise Paris Saint-Germain. Once again, the Swede sided towards Paris Saint-Germain in Barcelona’s trip to Parc des Princes.
“I think it'll be a tough game, they're probably the best team right now, and probably the best team ever to have played on this planet. Everyone knows them, they like to keep the ball. We want possession too as we're at home, but I think it'll be exciting to find the solution how to play against them, to try to disturb them as much as possible. It's easy to talk before the game, but you have to try and do it on the pitch too,” Zlatan Ibrahimovic saidin his pre-match press conference before praising his former teammate Lionel Messi.
“For sure, Messi is the best player in the world right now. He's won the World Player of the Year award in the last few seasons. Perhaps they should just call it the Messi award instead of the Ballon d'Or. I think he'll win it again for the next couple of years.”
Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti claims his side doesn’t need to make drastic changes to their strategy and formulate new tactics to contain Lionel Messi. The Italian boss explained that his side was confident in their own abilities, which is why they will be relying on their strengths rather than overly obsessing on their opponent’s abilities.
“I think Ibrahimovic is tough to stop,” Carlo Ancelotti said. “I think also for Barcelona it'll be tough to stop him. We're focused on playing our football, and must concentrate on defending and attacking. We must not think too much about the quality of our opponents and the players against us.
“I'd like to see a courageous PSG with personality, who'll play the game. We perhaps won't have a lot of the ball, but I hope that when we do have it, we'll have good, clear ideas to attack, score and win the game.”