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Can Ibrahimovic return to rescue PSG against Barcelona?

| 21.04.2015

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored three goals in six appearances against Barcelona, though has never been on the winning side.

So, exactly what does this mean for the Swede?

He returns from his suspension for PSG’s quarter-final second leg at the Nou Camp, with the French giants trailing 3-1 and 25/1 with Coral to qualify for the semi-finals.

The former Barca player is 11/4 to score anytime; fantastic value considering he has scored 28 goals in 33 appearances this season.

Ibrahimovic, who was suspended recently for making expletive comments about a referee and French football, has had his original four-match ban cut to three, and will be hoping he can bounce back from this domestic exile in Spain.

However, it is a tough ask. The simplest thing for Laurent Blanc’s side is to win 3-0 which would carry an aggregate score of 4-3, though the general consensus is that Ibrahimovic would need to be involved in most of the goals.

To be on target two or more times, the 33-year-old is 14/1. He scored in the Nou Camp earlier in the season, as the Catalan side recorded a 3-1 win over their opponents in the second group game.

Barca centre backs Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano seem to have the measure of him though, and he will have to be on top form to pull something out of the bag.

When he has flourished against Barcelona for PSG, he has linked up well with Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani and the trio will need this kind of chemistry this time around.

Especially to match or better the natural symbiosis at the other end between Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, whose brace almost guarantees Barcelona will be in the last four of the Champions League.

Should Ibrahimovic spearhead a victory which turns this tie around, all will likely be forgiven with fans and PSG’s odds to win the competition will shorten dramatically.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
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