"When your rivals play like that, you just don"t stand a chance," said valenciennes coach daniel sanchez. Before sunday"s top duel at home in prinzenpark stadium against table-toppers olympique lyon, PSG shortened the gap to its title rivals to two points.
In front of 23,000 spectators, ibrahimovic scored three rather unusual tap-in goals for him (28./49./53.) scored before argentinean ezequiel lavezzi scored in the 82nd minute. For the final score. The swede, usually known for spectacular goals such as the youngest "century drop-goal" in the national team against england, was promptly showered with praise. "Fabulous," said PSG's italian goalkeeper salvatore sirigu, and paris midfielder blaise matuidi was amazed: "honestly, he's enormous, mentally, physically, technically, he's a monster.".
The sports paper "L'equipe" described ibrahimovic's performance simply as "unbelievable". Am 17. The 31-year-old, the undisputed number one in the scoring charts, increased his tally to 17 goals on the first day of the match. Already the media of the "grande nation" are predicting that the soon-to-be 42-year-old league goal record of former hannover 96 pro and HSV coach josip skoblar could be broken. The yugoslavian scored 44 times in 38 games in 1970/71 in the olympique marseille jersey.
The importance of "ibra" for the star ensemble financed by the olscheichs of qatar is shown by the fact that PSG experienced a "black series" with many point losses in november after the swede was sent off in the 1:2 home defeat against AS saint-etienne and suspended for two games.
After three victories, the champions league eighth-finalists are now, as "L'equipe" writes, "in ecstasy" again. And although rivals lyon had the chance to extend their lead to five points with a win at home against last-place AS nancy on late wednesday evening, even the normally reserved PSG coach carlo ancelotti is getting cheeky: "we are favorites against lyon on sunday," he stresses.