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Sep 18, 2012

Ibra: We can win Champions League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes he can finally achieve his goal of winning the Champions League with Paris Saint Germain.

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PSG will play their first game in Europe's top competition for eight years on Tuesday when they welcome Dynamo Kiev to Paris.

A lot has changed since their last campaign, with Qatari owners ushering in a new dawn at the club that has seen some of Europe's top players join, including Ibrahimovic.

And the Sweden international, who has made an impressive start to his career in the French capital, scoring five goals in four Ligue 1 outings, is hopeful about what his side can achieve as the club embark on a new chapter.

"It will be a great experience for the club, its players and of course the fans,'' he said. "This is a great tournament, the largest. Every year, I've played it but I've never won. So I continue to fight, to do my best to win. Today, I am in the colours of PSG. We have the quality. These are the games you want to play.

"In Paris, there is something amazing happening. That's why I came. The club has grown. It grows quickly, I see since the day of my arrival. It's very exciting. It will also be a good test for those who have never played. At the beginning of the game, they will understand the Champions League."

Ibrahimovic knows Dynamo will be a tough side to beat, but believes that if his side are to match his lofty ambitions then a home win is vital.

"They are a very good team," he said. "They are always hard to play, they have a lot of good players, some of which I competed against in the Euros. But we're at home. If we want to progress, we must win.''

To reach the knockout stages PSG will also need to get past Dinamo Zagreb and Porto in Group A and Ibrahimovic has warned that, while it will not be easy, that is the nature of the challenge.

"The Champions League is hard,'' he added. "Regardless of the name, the teams should not be underestimated even if it is not Barcelona or Real Madrid. We respect all our opponents. Our group is not easy.''

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