Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil makes the chewing gum trick look easy when, in reality, it’s anything but.
Just ask Marco Verratti.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who was training ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, kicked his chewing gum in the air while jogging - this was his big mistake - and then hurt himself when it landed on his tooth. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Verratti ended up missing out on Wednesday night with a groin injury, but PSG still managed to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals without the technically-gifted midfielder.
Adrien Rabiot put the visitors 1-0 up on the night and 3-1 ahead on aggregate with a goal in the 16th minute, before Diego Costa pulled one back midway through the first half.
However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic ensured PSG would be in the quarter-final draw, scoring a close-range volley in the second half.
Video: Marco Verratti's chewing gum fail
Mesut Ozil shows how it's done
Blanc: It was easier than expected
PSG boss Laurent Blanc was surprised that his side managed to win the match so comfortably.
“We were preparing for a tough match and we were right to do so,” the French coach was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail after the match. “We didn't necessarily think we were able to put in such a good performance away from home, so that is very pleasing.
“We controlled the game and that allowed us to have an easier night than we perhaps expected to.”
Zlatan and Di Maria praised
Blanc also reserved special praise for Ibrahimovic, who provided an assist as well as the winning goal, and the lively Angel di Maria.
“Angel di Maria gave Chelsea a problem from start to finish,” Blanc added. “They never knew where he was, but we always knew where to find him with the ball.
“Zlatan performed at the level that he has been performing throughout this season. I don't necessarily think it's going to give him any more confidence. He has plenty of that as it is. He scored the decisive goal and laid on an assist.”
Zlatan coy over his future plans
Ibrahimovic will not be short of potential suitors if he leaves the Parc des Princes when his contract expires this summer.
The 34-year-old, who has scored a magnificent 31 goals in 37 matches this season, was coy when asked by reporters if he’ll be moving to the Premier League later this year.
"Listen, I have another two months with PSG," the Sweden international was quoted as saying by ESPN. "Like I said yesterday, I'm not in discussions with nobody. So let's see what happens.
"I'm not closing the alternatives for nobody. I put it on the table and then I see what's good for me and my family."
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