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Ancelotti happy to rely on Ibrahimovic

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 20 Oct 2012

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti does not believe that a reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic is necessarily a bad thing for the club.

The striker’s impressive scoring record since arriving at the Parc des Princes has led many to suggest that there is an over-dependence on the towering Swede.

However, the Italian manager was quick to point out that he wants his biggest names to be the most influential in matches.

“It is normal that the team-mates have confidence to give him the ball as he can score or play in someone else,” he said.

“Being dependent on is a good thing, I think.”

Kevin Gameiro, meanwhile, has seen his playing time limited since the former AC Milan striker’s arrival, but stressed that he was prepared for a bit-part role.

“We’ll see (how we do) when we play without him,” the Frenchman said. “One always learns to play with players like him. He wants to win, it’s good for the team.

“After staying here this summer, I was prepared for (a substitute role). I did not give up.

“I’m still here, and I will take every chance given to me. If I have to play 15 or 20 minutes, I will give everything.”

PSG take on Reims on Saturday looking to reduce the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Marseille.

And Ancelotti is expecting a fierce encounter similar to their last clash, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

“I think that the match against Reims will be a difficult one because they work hard all week to prepare for their games and they have all their players available,” he said.

“They’ve had a strong start to the season too, and they’re a dynamic team. I thick for those reasons it won’t be an easy match. It’s very important we’re motivated and that our attitude is good, because we haven’t had much time to prepare for this game.”

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