Ibrahimović relishing 'collecting trophies' in Paris

In the first of an exclusive two-part interview, Zlatan Ibrahimović talks to UEFA.com about "collecting trophies", feeling fresh and Manchester City's "fantastic individual players".

Zlatan Ibrahimović has enjoyed another prolific season in the French capital
Zlatan Ibrahimović has enjoyed another prolific season in the French capital ©AFP/Getty Images

Zlatan Ibrahimović says "collecting trophies" is "what the game is about". The Paris Saint-Germain talisman has more than enough domestic titles – he has already added another Ligue 1 crown to his CV this season – but the UEFA Champions League continues to elude him. Into the latter stages once more, he sat down with UEFA.com ahead of Paris's upcoming quarter-final against Manchester City.

UEFA.com: It is your eighth UEFA Champions League quarter-final – can you describe the mental approach you must have at this stage of the competition?

Zlatan Ibrahimović: I am coming into the quarter-finals very relaxed. The game is obviously pretty important for everybody – for me, for the club, for the city, for the country – but I am pretty relaxed and confident. I feel fresh – physically I feel good, very focused and confident.

UEFA.com: Paris have already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title. Could this hinder the team in the UEFA Champions League or is it a positive?

Watch all of Zlatan's goals for Paris
Watch all of Zlatan's goals for Paris

Ibrahimović: We can rotate the team more, depending on what the coach wants. [But] you play games and you really don't have anything to play for because you are already champions. So it's a mix.

I try to collect as many [titles] as possible. This is what the game is about – collecting trophies.  At the end of your career when you look back you will count all the trophies that you won. I have a couple of them, so I am not complaining.

UEFA.com: What do you admire most about Manchester City?

Watch Paris beat Chelsea in the round of 16
Watch Paris beat Chelsea in the round of 16

Ibrahimović: They are a similar project to PSG with a few more years of experience. It's more or less the same story as when we played Chelsea [in the round of 16], but they have had their project for many, many more years. I'm positive about [our] project because it's like a domino effect – they do something and it opens doors for other clubs, for other players. Then all the best players don't choose only the best and biggest clubs.

They are a good team, a very good team. They have had a lot of success in the years since the project began and they have fantastic individual players.

Ibrahimović chooses his dream five-a-side team
Ibrahimović chooses his dream five-a-side team

UEFA.com: Is there anyone who particularly stands out for you in that Manchester City team?

Ibrahimović: I played with Yaya Touré [at Barcelona]. I like him, I like him a lot. And then you have [David] Silva, [Sergio] Agüero – the whole team is strong. You don't watch out for one [particular player], you need to watch out for the team.

Part two of UEFA.com's Zlatan Ibrahimović interview will be published prior to the quarter-final second leg, which takes place in Manchester on Tuesday 12 April.

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