Midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been involved in a light-hearted Twitter exchange with Ibrahimovic ever since he scored a spectacular goal for France against the Netherlands last week.
Goals from Matuidi are rare enough, and his spectacular volley impressed even Ibrahimovic, who specializes in them. Ibrahimovic tweeted: “Hey @MATUIDIBlaise I saw your goal last night. Magnifique. You must have been watching Zlatan in training.”
Matuidi, who was been one of PSG’s best players this season, Tweeted back: “Hey @Ibra_official you teach me that move… LOL.”
VAN DER WIEL OUT
PSG right back Gregory Van der Wiel will miss the Leverkusen game because of a recurring problem with his right knee.
Van der Wiel, who has impressed with his attacking raids down the right flank this season, will spend the rest of the week in Germany, where he will get treatment for “chronic pains” in his knee, the club said on its website.
He is set to be replaced in the PSG lineup by Christophe Jallet, who has returned to the squad after recovering from a back operation.
TALL ORDER, LOW CONFIDENCE
If overturning a 4-0 deficit wasn’t difficult enough, Leverkusen heads to Paris with confidence low after losing five of its past six games.
To make matters worse for the visitors, midfielder Jens Hegeler is ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right ankle in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Hannover.
“You could feel the lack of confidence,” a dispirited Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno said after the match.