Aside from offering Manchester United’s demolition of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City’s surprise loss to Burnley and Cristiano Ronaldo’s inexplicable reaction to Gareth Bale scoring a goal, this weekend also had the untameable beast that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic in fine form.
By fine form we’re not talking about the big Swede hammering home a hat-trick, or producing another seemingly impossible karate-kick goal, we’re talking about his post-match reaction following Paris Saint-Germain’s unfortunate loss to Bordeaux.
With Lyon sitting at the top of Ligue 1 and ahead of PSG by two points, it’s safe to say the pressure is mounting on the galaxy of stars at the Parc des Princes with regards to whether or not they can retain their title.
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Laurent Blanc was offered a slight reprieve by the mid-week knockout of Chelsea in the Champions League, but the frustrations felt by Ibrahimovic - who was coincidentally sent off at Stamford Bridge - were made abundantly clear.
Whilst heading to the dressing room after the 3-2 away defeat to Bordeaux Ibrahimovic explicitly implied that the referee of the fixture was the worst he’d ever had in his career, and then said that France didn’t deserve PSG as a club.
The outburst caps what’s been a pretty terrible week for Zlatan, what with UEFA deciding not to drop the ban imposed for his red card against Chelsea. The general consensus is that Oscar made a meal of a fairly innocuous challenge, before Blues players surrounded the referee in an attempt for him to present a red card.
Repercussions to come?
Of course the ageing striker is famous for living life exactly the way he sees fit, so it’s unlikely he’ll be too bothered if any repercussions come of his latest indiscretion. As for analysing his opinion it’s somewhat strange that he chose to single out the referee for criticism, with PSG proving the architects of their own downfall for all three of their conceded goals.
If PSG can’t close the gap on Lyon and win the Ligue 1 title again there may be calls for a club shake-up, one that might even see Ibrahimovic looking for another club. The former Barcelona man remains a formidable presence when he’s on form but is getting older with each passing year, and PSG aren’t a club that make decisions based on sentimentality.
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