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Wed Apr 23 16:40:16 SAST 2014

Xavi wary of PSG threat after Ibra signing

Sapa-AFP | 05 August, 2012 09:490 Comments
FC Barcelona v Granada CF - La Liga
Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona runs with the ball during the La Liga match against Granada at Camp Nou on March 20, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain
Image by: David Ramos / Getty Images

Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez on Saturday admitted that big-spending Paris Saint-Germain will be a major contender in this season’s Champions League ahead of the clubs’ friendly meeting on Saturday.

“PSG are a very good side, they have signed some top level players like Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to add to the good players that were already there,” said Xavi, who has only just started pre-season training after helping Spain to glory at Euro 2012.

“They are another candidate for the Champions League. They have set themselves the objective of winning the Champions League in the short to medium term and they have the financial means.” 

It is the French capital club’s signing of Sweden star Ibrahimovic that has really sent shockwaves through the continent’s other leading clubs, and Xavi knows all about the threat posed by ’Ibra’, who played for the Catalans in 2009-10.

“He is a great signing,” said the 32-year-old. “He performed fantastically for us and he is a top level player.

“He can bring a lot to them, and is the signing they needed to go on and win the French title.” 

Ibrahimovic left the Camp Nou for AC Milan under a cloud two years ago after a reported falling-out with coach Pep Guardiola, but Xavi defended the Swede’s record with Barca.

“I don’t think he had a disappointing season. We won La Liga and got to the semi-finals of the Champions League, he scored important goals and we had a good understanding with him on the pitch and in the dressing room,” Xavi said.

“He only stayed one year but he didn’t leave behind a bad image.”

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