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Ibrahimovic: PSG are too tough to stop

PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that the Ligue 1 title is now theirs to lose.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Le Parisien it is hard to see how Paris Saint-Germain will be stopped from claiming a second consecutive Ligue 1 title following their 2-0 win over rivals Marseille on Sunday.

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Second-half goals from Maxwell and Edinson Cavani gave the defending French champions a victory which -- coupled with Monaco's 2-0 defeat at Saint-Etienne -- sees them stretch their lead at the top to eight points.
With only 11 league matches left to play, Ibrahimovic, 32, believes nearest challengers Monaco will now find it difficult to overhaul PSG.
"If we continue like this, we will be champions at the end of the season," the Swedish striker said. "An eight-point lead, almost nine with our goal difference, that's a big step to overcome.
"It would mean us losing three matches and Monaco winning every game."
Midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 26, said the title race is not over yet, but believes that his side can only throw it away.
"As long as it's not done mathematically, we can't say that," RMC reports him as saying. "But if we continue to do what we've done since the start of the season and we retain our philosophy, then there's no reason why the title might escape us."

But the France international, who signed a new four-year contract last week, has warned that there is still work to be done.

"We can't get too excited," he continued. "We have to stay concentrated until the end. We still have some difficult matches, starting with a tricky trip to Bastia next week."
Meanwhile, Marseille coach Jose Anigo said his team were disappointed, but not ashamed, to lose to the Parisian heavyweights.
"I feel that there wasn't a world of difference, at least in the first half," L'Equipe reports him as saying.

"We gave what we could. When you see [Yohan] Cabaye, [Javier] Pastore and Cavani come on and the whole group, you see that the league has taken on another dimension for PSG. The others, Monaco as well, are going to have to suffer."
"Look at their bench and you see how much it cost. Look what they have on the pitch. They're a team that's made for the Champions League."


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