Paris Saint-Germain can make yet more history tonight if they pick up a result away at Gazalec Ajaccio! Les Parisiens can beat their own points record of 89 which was set two years ago and hit that elusive 90+.
With three games left in the league campaign before our Coupe de France final with Olympique de Marseille, coach Laurent Blanc will be keen for the lads to keep up the momentum. Last week’s 4-0 win at home to Rennes certainly illustrated that and in particular the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The big man is looking to set yet another record of his own. With 34 Ligue 1 goals to his name, he is just three short of the record set by another PSG legend Carlos Bianchi. The Argentine’s feat has stood the test of time for 42 years!
His coach was keen to point out that his teamamates have been integral to his success in front of goal. The big man has had his best ever season having accumulated a total tally of 44 goals. Speaking ahead of tonight’s game, LB said; “When I say that we’ll be taking on Ajaccio, Bordeaux and Nantes with a strong will to win, my idea is to field my best team. There are supplementary sources of motivations, both individual and collective. If one player shines, it’s because the team contributed. I think the team will want to give Zlatan the chance to mark as many goals as possible.”
Unfortunately, one player who will not be contributing is Marco Verratti. The club broke the devastating news last night that the Italian will not only undergo surgery to correct a persistent groin problem, he will miss the European Championships in the summer. Having returned to action in the Coupe de la Ligue final two weeks ago, this issue with his groin has not gone away. The club and player felt it was in his best interests to take this step. The statement that was released on PSG’s official website last night said:
‘The operation will take place in Doha on 16 May at the Aspetar Centre – the club’s official medical partner. The midfielder, who recently extended his contract with the capital club until 2020, is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.
As a result, Marco Verratti will play no part in Paris Saint-Germain’s final matches of the season, or Euro 2016, to be held in France between 10 June and 10 July. Paris Saint-Germain wishes the player a speedy recovery and hopes he will soon be fully fit and back to his best for both club and country.’
It is a blow for a man who has done everything conceivable to come back to action. Every PSG supporter wishes you a speedy and healthy recovery Marco!