Ligue 1: No Ibrahimovic worries for PSG
Laurent Blanc is confident Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup disappointment will have no impact on his form for PSG.
Last Updated: 22/11/13 9:26am
Ibrahimovic scored twice on Tuesday night to temporarily bring Sweden level on aggregate in their qualifying play-off against Portugal, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to score twice - completing his hat-trick - as Sweden lost 3-2 on the night, 4-2 on aggregate.
Ibrahimovic has eight goals for PSG this season, one less than team-mate Edinson Cavani and Monaco's Falcao, and Blanc believes he will pick up where he left off on Saturday away to Reims.
"His behaviour and his state of mind is very good," Blanc said. "I talked to him yesterday. He told me he had come up against a very good team in Portugal, that he had tried to his best with his team-mates but it had no happened for them.
"Certainly he must be disappointed, but regarding his behaviour and state of mind, I find it good."
Cavani, who was in action for Uruguay this week, did not train on Thursday following his lengthy trip but Blanc said he expected to have all his players available by the weekend.
While few would back Reims to end a PSG unbeaten run which stretches back 33 games - 25 of them in the league to leave them seven behind Nantes' record from 1994-95 - they have forced their way into the top six by proving difficult to beat themselves, losing only twice this season.
If PSG find a way to win, they will stretch their advantage over second-placed Lille to seven points, at least until Rene Girard's men take on Toulouse on Sunday.
Monaco, without a win in three in all competitions, must wait until Sunday evening for their fixture away to a Nantes side now just three points behind them thanks to a 3-0 win at Bordeaux before the international break.
Marseille picked up a vital win in their final match before the break, beating basement boys Sochaux 2-1 to end a dismal run but they head to another struggling side, Ajaccio, on Friday night 10 points adrift of PSG and apparently now only in a fight for a European place - any designs they might have had on the title already over.
Their disappointment at the season so far is matched only by Lyon, who are down in seventh as they prepare to tackle Valenciennes, just above Ajaccio in the bottom three, on Saturday afternoon.
With Valenciennes and Ajaccio both likely in for tough matches, Sochaux must hope a home fixture against Bastia gives them the opportunity to move off the foot of the table, while 17th-placed Lorient would ease their nerves if they can get something on the road in Evian.
Montpellier face Guingamp while Saturday's fixtures are completed by Bordeaux's trip to Rennes.
Nice host St Etienne on Sunday.