Ibrahimovic: I like this Manchester City player a lot

Ahead of their Champions League showdown, PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he’s a massive admirer of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure.

The two sides meet in Paris on Wednesday night in the last 16 with City hoping to establish a decent result ahead of the home leg as they look to make it to the semi-finals for the first time.

PSG, on the other hand, are hoping to lift the trophy so that they can view their ‘project’ as a success having gained total domination domestically.

“I played with Yaya Touré [at Barcelona],” Ibra told UEFA.

“I like him, I like him a lot.

“And then you have [David] Silva, [Sergio] Agüero – the whole team is strong.

“You don’t watch out for one [particular player], you need to watch out for the team.”

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Maxwell (L) and Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) attend a training session on April 5, 2016 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, western Paris, on the eve of the team's UEFA Champions League football match against Manchester City. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE
Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian defender Maxwell (L) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) attend a training session on April 5, 2016 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, western Paris, on the eve of the team’s UEFA Champions League football match against Manchester City. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE

For Zlatan, this tie represents his eighth Champions League quarter-final and he’s feeling ‘fresh and confident’ ahead of it.

“I am coming into the quarter-finals very relaxed.

“ The game is obviously pretty important for everybody – for me, for the club, for the city, for the country – but I am pretty relaxed and confident.

“I feel fresh – physically I feel good, very focused and confident.

“I try to collect as many [titles] as possible.

“This is what the game is about – collecting trophies. 

“At the end of your career when you look back you will count all the trophies that you won. I have a couple of them, so I am not complaining.”

It’s hard to see him lifting this trophy ahead of Barcelona given their form this season, but you would have to say that the French giants are the favourites to move past what has been a very underwhelming Manchester City.

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Lee Hurley

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