Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no ordinary football god. He even has a word coined after his name. In a rather long list of his 'Zlatanera' presence, the Paris St-Germain front-man on Friday made the referee of the match against Rennes come to him.
Barcelona needed the individual skills of their star-studded forward line to beat Paris St Germain on Wednesday after another disjointed performance and questions continue to be asked over the tactics of coach Luis Enrique.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was delighted to have ended PSG`s unbeaten run in all competitions this season despite being forced to adopt a new system in a landmark Champions League triumph for the Catalans. Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the French side ahead after 15 minutes on Wednesday before the home side turned the Group F decider around with goals from Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. The victory ensured that Barca topped the standings on 15 points, two ahead of PSG, and set a new record of 13 group wins in the competition, one more than arch rivals Real Madrid. It was still scrappy at times from Barca, though, who began with an unfamiliar three-man defence and PSG had a number of chances to add more goals, especially in the second half before Suarez struck on 77 minutes to seal victory for the hosts. "Was the new system a risk? Well it depends on the result, whatever happens whether it is good or bad depends on the result," Luis Enrique told reporters. "We were without a key player in (suspended fullback) Dani Alves and we went out with a game plan to cause problems for an opponent that defended deeply and looked to counter-attack.
Paris St Germain`s Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three goals between them in the 3-1 home win over Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday and coach Laurent Blanc said there was more to come.