Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks at the ball during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Reims at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, October 20, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) )
The transformation of Paris St. Germain into a contender in the French League is complete, but they still have a great deal to prove in the UCL.
They got off to a tremendous start with a 4-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in which it seemed that they could do no wrong. But the wheels were stopped by a stingy Porto team that shut down PSG's potent offense. They remain on the road for the second straight match as they take on a withering Dinamo Zagreb squad. They have led the French League with five wins and four draws. They have been equally potent at home and on the road with three home wins in five matches and 2 road wins in 4 games. More importantly, through nine matches, they have only conceded 5 times. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a monster with 10 goals in all competitions, 9 of which have come in the French League. He will be Zagreb's greatest challenge.
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Zagreb meanwhile has struggled in its opening matches with a pair of 2-0 losses. The first one against Porto showcased their inability to break down a potent defense while the second match showcased their own poor defensive play as they allowed a goal in the third minute and then scored on themselves. If they plan to stop PSG, they must start by scoring. They have been tremendous in the Croatian league with 66 points in 25 games (just one loss) and 64 goals in that span while only conceding 8. They now have to carry that form over to the UCL if they hope to make a run.
Prediciton: PSG takes this one handedly 4-0. Ibrahimovic will have a big game.
Start Time: 2:45 PM ETD