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Ibrahimovic, PSG struggling

22 September 2014, 14:39

PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain's dependence on Zlatan Ibrahimovic is proving to be problematic for coach Laurent Blanc.

When Sweden's all-time top scorer doesn't perform, PSG struggles, as it was again the case in a 1-1 home draw with Lyon on Sunday that prompted jeers and boos from the home crowd.

After dropping its first points at home this season, PSG is fifth in the league standings, three points behind leader Marseille ahead of Wednesday's trip to Caen.

Here are some things to know about this week's matches:


PSG has drawn its last three games in all competitions after failing to hold onto its lead. Laurent Blanc's side remains unbeaten, but with 10 points from six games the club got off to its worse start to the season since Qatari investors took over in 2011.

Blanc's preferred 4-3-3 lineup has the backing of a majority of players but the system did not give much trouble to PSG's opponents so far, especially when Ibrahimovic underachieves.

The imposing Swede looked out of sorts against Lyon, taking his first shot after 77 minutes and having only 40 touches on the ball, his lowest tally in a full league match.

"We need to work hard and come back," Ibrahimovic said without elaborating on his own display.

Despite his rivalry with Ibrahimovic for the sole striker spot, Edinson Cavani is the only real positive at PSG these days. After netting PSG's goal in a 1-1 draw against Ajax in the Champions League, the Uruguay striker was again on the scoresheet against Lyon.

"When the club fails to get good results it creates a sense of unease," Blanc said. "The players are very disappointed. When you're at a club like PSG, you have to get results."

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