Daniel Petersson och Rebecka Bengtsson laddar inför matchen i Paris. Foto: Madeleine Fritsch-Lärka
Daniel Petersson & Rebecka Bengtsson gather ahead of tonight's match in Paris. Photo: Madeleine Fritsch-Lärka/SR

Malmö FF ready for Zlatan in Paris

Thousands of Malmö FF fans are in Paris for this evening's Champions League clash against Zlatan Ibrahimovic's PSG. The Swedes say that for one night only, they won't be cheering Malmö's most famous son.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic himself says that the Champions League group game against his hometown club is "more than a dream." 

The striker was rested from the match against Bordeaux on Friday, because of his abdominal muscle injury, but has been able to train with Paris Saint-Germain - just to get in the best shape for the Champions League encounter with his old club.
 
"Playing against my first club is fantastic, I am going to enjoy every moment of the two matches. But I'm a PSG player and will do everything for the club. We must win on Tuesday," said Ibrahimovic.

Malmö FF did not focus on Ibrahimovic in the pre-match build-up.

"It is difficult to focus on one player and not on a team of superstars,"captain Markus Rosenberg told media and is backed by coach Åge Hareide.

"We take into account the team PSG, we have not talked a single word about Ibrahimovic. Sure it's fun if he plays against us but I think there will be even more pressure in Malmö. We're talking about PSG and we focus on our team and our strengths," Hareide said.

Malmö qualified for the Group stages of the Champions League for a second successive year after coming through the play-offs. And the fans are determined to enjoy the experience, starting in Paris tonight.

Daniel Petersson and Rebecka Bengtsson tell Swedish Radio that it feels great to be in the French capital.

"We will travel together to the stadium. We have been enjoying the sunshine and meeting other fans. It's exciting, we are playing against a big team, little Malmö. But today, it's not about Zlatan, we won't be cheering for him," they say.

Kick-off is at 8.45 pm.

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