Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has credited Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the most dangerous player that the Catalan outfit have to be warned about when they take on Paris St Germain in the Champions League group stages.
Ibrahimovic has already hurt Barcelona on more than one occasion since leaving the club after just one season. The big Swede has struggled with injury problems this season, but he seems to be fit and ready going into this encounter. PSG need only a draw in order to finish top of the group, which should provide them an easier draw in the last 16 round.
The 33-year-old has immense experience to ensure that Paris St Germain have enough possession in the other half of the pitch so that Barcelona do not hurt them with the incredible quality that they possess through the form of Lionel Messi and Neymar. Enrique says that should Ibrahimovic player his normal level, he will pose an imposing challenge for the Barcelona defenders. Defending has not been always Barcelona’s greatest strengths and this has been exposed many times this season. After a disappointing Champions League campaign last season under Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique will be aware that Barcelona need to top the group at any cost.
“We are talking about a top player. If he is at his normal level he is very difficult to stop.I always like to transmit to the team the idea that we defend as a unit. If we manage to work collectively and work in a block and pressure well then the ball won’t get through to Ibra. And if the ball doesn’t get through to Ibra then his effectiveness is reduced.But as he showed against Ajax at any moment he is capable of scoring and of deciding a match,” said the Barcelona manager.