Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Valenciennes vs PSG: Ibra and his new deal dream of goals at the Stade de Hainaut

Paris Saint-Germain travel to Valenciennes tonight boosted by the news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a one-year contract extension.

"I don't see a more ambitious club in Europe than Paris Saint-Germain,” said Zlatan, who is now contracted at the Parc des Princes until 2016. “My wish is that Paris Saint-Germain is my last big Club. This Club is like me: the dream is never big enough."

What a load of bollocks, if those words actually flowed from Zlatan’s lovely mouth in that order I’ll eat my shoes. I hate all the marketing rubbish that surrounds the club these days, it’s not like Ibra doesn’t provide good quotes without some press office flunky putting words into his mouth. And check out the photo of the Swede putting pen-to-paper, what’s that jumper all about? Hopefully now he has a new contract he’ll be able to afford some decent clothes.

Anyway, Zlatan will be eyeing more goals tonight when he and PSG return to Valenciennes, a ground where he scored a hat-trick last season in a 4-0 victory.

PSG will fancy their chances against a VA who are second from bottom of the Ligue 1 table with just one win to their name in six matches so far this season. On Sunday they were handed a 4-0 tonking by Nice, who celebrated the opening of their new stadium with a stylish victory. If things weren’t bad enough for boss Daniel Sanchez, he has now received the dreaded vote of confidence from club president Jean-Raymond Legrand.

“He [Sanchez] is not threatened,” said Mssr. Legrand. “I've had calls [about possible replacements], but I am not thinking about a successor. I want to continue with him.”

Expect Sanchez to receive Le P45 next week then. For the moment, Legrand has bigger questions on his mind, notably whether Zlatan will say hello to him at the match. Last season, Ibra was captured on camera snubbing the VA president, something he hopes won’t happen again.

"This time, I'll say hello to the players on arrival,” said Legrand. “And I hope he will not forget to greet me.”

If he’s lucky perhaps Zlatan will sign an autograph too. Legrand didn’t have a good time of it with PSG last season, as apparently President Nasser Al-Khelaifi wasn’t around to make nice with him in the return match at the Parc either.

"He [Al-Khelaifi] phoned me to apologize, and he wanted to do it in French,” he said. “Then he invited me, along with other presidents, to go see games tennis at Roland Garros in his box. "

That’s a good move from Nasser, free tennis tickets is a sure-fire way to win over the hearts and minds of a load of old French blokes.

The PSG team will be without Thiago Silva, who is out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. Quelle merde. The returning Alex probably won’t be risked, with bigger games to come in the next ten days, so Marquinhos will continue alongside Zoumana Camara at centre-back. Jeremy Menez and Christophe Jallet could start as Laurent Blanc considers rotating his squad.

Valenciennes will be with PSG loane Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, who is ineligible for the match against his parent club.

Kick-off at the Stade de Hainaut is at the unhelpful time of 6pm GMT.

1 comments:

Yalang Renghold said...

Paris Saint-Germain FC announced that Ibrahimovic contract until 2016.

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