Paris Saint Germain (PSG) coach Laurent Blanc (right) and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of PSG attend a press conference at the Aspire Academy, yesterday.Pictures by: MOHAMED FARAG
by Armstrong Vas
Doha: Paris Saint-Germain’s ace striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is hungry for more victories and titles with the Les Parisiens.
Addressing a press conference in the company of coach Laurent Blanc at the Aspire Academy here yesterday Ibrahimovic said: “I want to win more trophies with PSG. It’s my character. I’m never fully satisfied. The team has been progressing well, the club has made a leap in a short time, but we must continue to work. We (PSG) have great success and I am optimistic for the future. The victories must increase.”
The French club, which is owned by Qatar Investment Authority, is in Doha in preparing for the second half of the season.
PSG had an excellent first half of the season.
The club lead Ligue 1 and has also qualified for the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League and the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. During their five-day camp in Doha the Paris club will take on Real Madrid in a friendly on Thursday and Ibrahimovic is taking that match very seriously.
“Unfortunately it’s a friendly match but we’ll treat it like a competitive match. It would be good for our confidence to win,” the 32-year-old Swede said.
He is also looking forward to resume his rivalry with Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
“It will be good to resume the rivalry collectively with Real Madrid and Ronaldo,” he added.
The match will be the sixth meeting between the two sides.
The most recent meeting was on July 27, 2013, a friendly match during the pre-season preparations in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Coach Blanc also said the match between the two giants will be highly competitive.
“Playing against Real Madrid is always a matter of prestige. This will be an interesting match, although the objective of this winter camp is primarily to prepare the rest of the season with the idea of achieving our goals. So this match will integrate our fitness programme, but I hope we will win by playing delightful football,” said Blanc.
The former French international said they will take advantage of the magnificent facilities at the ultramodern Aspire Zone in Doha during their stay here.
“They are very good (facilities). We will work under excellent weather conditions and facilities are simply ideal. You could not have expected better preparations for our second half of the season, which will be very busy,” said Blanc. Looking ahead of the season Blanc said he has set certain goals for the team.
“To maintain our offensive qualities and try to concede less number of goals, but it does not mean it is only the defenders who have the responsibility of keeping the goals away but the the entire team as a unit.”
The 48-year-old said he was happy the way the team has progressed in the first half of the season.
“We had a very good first half of the season and I think the pressure of Monaco and Lille in the League is good for everyone. They encourage us not to slacken our efforts. We are ambitious and we had some good results and I hope they will be as good in 2014 like in 2013,” he added.