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PSG look to learn lessons

Paris Saint-Germain defender Alex has urged his team to learn from their mistakes as they look to return to winning ways on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men are winless in their past two Ligue 1 matches, now holding onto top spot only on goal difference.

Alex said avoiding making the same mistakes would be crucial when his side take on Rennes, who come into the clash on the back of consecutive wins.

“We know it wasn’t a good performance against Saint-Etienne. We were really bad in that match and that’s the reason why we didn’t get the three points,” he said.

“Against Montpellier we got a red card and in my opinion that wasn’t the right decision. We managed to keep our pace even when we were down one man, but Montpellier is a great team and they found their way to score.

“We learned from those situations and hopefully we won’t do the same mistakes again, especially when we are playing on our ground.”

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed PSG’s loss to Montpellier through suspension and is also unavailable to face Rennes.

Ibrahimovic netted four goals in Sweden’s 4-2 international friendly win over England on Wednesday, including an overhead kick from 30 yards to seal the victory.

Alex said he was yet to see the stunning fourth goal but is hopeful Ibrahimovic can replicate his form when he returns for PSG.

“I haven’t seen it yet, but everybody is talking about that. Especially about the last one which according to what I’ve heard was amazing,” he said.

“He is a player who decides matches – not only for his country but for us as well. We hope he can do the same thing he did yesterday playing for PSG as well.”

Alex believes the four-goal showing has taken Ibrahimovic a step closer to winning the coveted Ballon d’Or.

“I believe those four goals he scored yesterday will help him a lot – scoring for the national team always helps,” he said.

“I think it’s too risky to say who is going to win because they are all good players, but yesterday he did a step forward on getting it.”

Thu 15 November, 2012
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