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Playmaker Ibrahimovic sparkles in new role

PARIS, Nov 7, 2012, Reuters: 22:24 IST
Paris St Germain's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved an inspired playmaker in his side's 4-0 thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League Group A on Tuesday.

The former AC Milan forward gave up his usual striking role at the Parc des Princes but rescued his team from a deeper position on the pitch by setting up all four goals.

"He worked for the team as he always does. He's a fantastic player, a fantastic leader, he helps the others to improve," coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "That's the difference between a great player and a champion. He is a champion because he uses his skills to make the team play better."

PSG top the French league table and are heading into the last 16 of Europe's elite club competition, playing very solidly but failing to sparkle.

With Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore still struggling for form and forwards Jeremy Menez and Nene lacking in creativity, Ibrahimovic has had to swallow his frustration and change his style. As the most successful and charismatic player at the wealthy club he joined in July, the Swede quickly became a leader on the pitch and has gradually adapted his game.

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