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Laurent Blanc wants to see Ibrahimovic feature against Lens
By Andrew Scott Saturday, 7 March 2015 09:14
This weekend, PSG manager Laurent Blanc will give players a rest before his side faces Chelsea on Wednesday, but white label sportsbooks learned that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be included in the list.
On Saturday, the Paris outfit will take on Lens at home, and this will happen four days prior to the team facing the Blues in what would be the second leg of the Champions League’s tie in the last-16, which the fans can see is currently at 1-1.
The manager said that he’s not looking to face the same side in both meetings, even though Lyon – who are the current leaders – are still one point ahead of them in Ligue 1.
But the world-famous striker, who’s a big favourite with white label sportsbooks for his huge talent on the pitch, was set to feature in the meeting with Lens as well as the one with Chelsea in order for him to get his full edge back after having been suspended for two games.
“I have every confidence in his ability to deal with his return to the squad,” said Blanc.
“He’s ready, he has recovered well and worked hard in training. Now he needs to get his match fitness up. The Lens match will do him good ahead of Chelsea.”
PSG should not have any problems when they face Lens, as in Ligue 1they’re currently ranked 19th, with only five games won throughout the season, but the manager is still cautious, and the team’s fans also believe that they should be very careful -regardless of the record that the opposing team has.
“Lens will be doing everything they can to get a result. So we have to prepare very seriously,” he added.
“This match should help us prepare for Chelsea on Wednesday as well as the other matches we have coming up between now and the end of the season.
“We need to keep building on our good performances, no matter the opponent.
“Tomorrow’s team will be different to Wednesday’s, but the quality must remain the same. That has been the case recently and I’m very happy about that.
“Chelsea is not the central topic of discussion between me and my players. I put Chelsea out of my mind to prepare for the two games against Monaco. I hope they will have their minds on Lens come 5pm [local time] on Saturday.
“We will then have plenty of time to focus on Wednesday’s game.”