Zlatan Ibrahimovic: PSG are getting stronger
Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed reigning Paris Saint-Germain dream of winning everything in sight this season as the French champions got a favourable Champions League group draw.
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PSG have not come out flying out of the blocks in the way that Ibrahimovic would have wished this season, drawing their opening two league games before securing a narrow 2-1 victory away to promoted Nantes last weekend.
That has left them four points adrift of early leaders Marseille but the reigning Ligue 1 Player of the Year insists the best is still to come from the capital club, especially as new strike partner Edinson Cavani continues to adjust to French football while their other major summer recruits, Lucas Digne and Marquinhos, are still to feature.
"I expect big things. We have a better team than last year and I think we can do much better than last year. Some great players have joined us," Ibrahimovic told Le Parisien at an event in Paris on Thursday. "We will train hard, but there is a great opportunity for us to fulfil the dream that we all have."
While successfully defending the Ligue 1 title is considered essential, Ibrahimovic's dream is to win the Champions League, something the 31-year-old has never managed to achieve in more than a decade representing some of Europe's biggest clubs.
"We are so strong that we can win all the trophies. We want to win everything obviously and I don't think you should target only one trophy because then you relax in the other tournaments you play," he added.
"I think the investors are not happy with one trophy. They want many trophies. If I had to not score a goal all year for PSG to win the Champions League, I would do take that no problem, believe me."
He was speaking before PSG were handed what can only be described as a kind Champions League group-stage draw, with Benfica, Greek champions Olympiakos and Belgian title-holders Anderlecht to be their opponents in Group C.
Having avoided the very biggest names in the hat, Blanc's side can look to better last season's run to the quarter-finals under Carlo Ancelotti. The draw will also come as a huge relief to Blanc, who after being praised by club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in midweek, was also given rave reviews by Ibrahimovic.
"Our relationship is very good," the Swede said. "He has a lot of pressure on him, but he coach, like everyone else, has dreams. I am optimistic about the way we are playing. This is only the start and things will get better and better."