WASHINGTON - Zlatan Ibrahimovic had only played one match for his new team, and it didn't even count. Still, he had seen enough.
For him, his new side Paris Saint-Germain is already superior to his old one, AC Milan. Following Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw with D.C. United, a reporter asked Ibrahimovic if he thought his current team was better than his previous one. His response? A simple “Yes.”
The reporter followed by asking Ibra why he thought that.
“Because they (Milan) lost their two best players,” was his quick reply.
Earlier in the month, PSG made a stunning double swoop for Ibrahimovic and Brazilian defender Thiago Silva, which cost the Qatari-owned club a reported 62 million euros.
Silva is away with the Brazilian Olympic team, but Ibrahimovic made his debut in Saturday night's friendly. The Swedish striker wasted no time opening his PSG account, scoring in the third minute of the match.
Much like Ibrahimovic's previous club, PSG didn't bring home any trophies in the 2011-12 season, but with the addition of the two Milan stars, plus Pescara midfielder Marco Verratti and Napoli attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi, Ibra has big hopes for the Parisians.
“We're aiming for everything,” he said plainly. “We're in the Champions League, we have the two cups in France, so of course a club team has to win everything. We have a top team and we are only missing a winning team.”
Prior to the arrivals of Ibrahimovic and Silva, PSG brought in another piece with strong Milan ties: manager Carlo Ancelotti, who played at Milan for six seasons and coached the Rossoneri from 2001 to 2009.
Unlike his new striker, Ancelotti refused to be baited into proclaiming one club superior to the other.
“I don't know. It's not important to compare ourselves to another team,” Ancelotti said. “They play a different style with a different philosophy and a different identity. The objective is to improve the quality of our team.”
Both Milan and PSG are in the group stage of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League. If there is such thing as a soccer god, Ibrahimovic's proclamation will be tested on the pitch sometime in the coming season.
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