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Ibrahimovic admits to playing 'badly'

December 5, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic made the rare admission he had produced "a bad performance" as Paris Saint-Germain's unbeaten start to the season ended at Evian on Wednesday.

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Previously sensational in the current campaign, Ibrahimovic, 32, was unusually ineffective as PSG were beaten 2-0 at Annecy, so ending a 26-game unbeaten run in Ligue 1 and registering their first defeat in all competitions since a Coupe de France penalty shootout defeat at the same venue last April.

He said: "We played a very bad game, we didn't deserve to win. Personally, I put in a bad performance. We didn't play as we have done in recent weeks. I hope it's going to wake us up. Each match is difficult, and it's a new challenge every time. You have to stay focused on your objectives."

Despite his self-criticism, Ibrahimovic did throw PSG a lifeline by clipping over an inviting cross in the closing stages only to see Javier Pastore head weakly straight at Evian goalkeeper Jesper Hansen.

It was the sole notable opportunity the out-of-sorts league leaders created after the break as the French champions failed to find the net for the first time this season.

"We managed to create some gilt-edged chances in the first half. In the second, apart from the one for Javier, we didn't create much," admitted coach Laurent Blanc, whose side now have just a single point in hand over second-placed Lille whom they face three days before Christmas.

"We can have some regrets, because in the first half, we could have and should have opened the scoring -- that would have allowed us to have a different outcome. But we were too mediocre in the second half to hope for more.

"ETG were very compact in the first half. They would have had a problem if we'd opened the scoring. At 0-0, they were able to believe they had a chance. Bravo to them."


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