French powerhouse Paris St Germain are on their way to Sweden to take on Malmo in their fifth match of the UEFA Champions League 2015-16 on Wednesday night.
The spotlight shifts to PSG hotshot Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again as the mercurial goalpoacher makes a return to his hometown club. It was just a few days ago that the Swedish skipper made headlines after scoring a crucial goal in their final Euro qualifiers game against Denmark.
The 34-year-old then made a strong statement that he sent Denmark to retirement following his goal that inspired Sweden to make it through to the Euro 2016 in France.
Zlatan is looking at scoring three goals tonight in his hometown, and against the team he played between 1999 and 2001. He is also keen on seeing the home fans chant his name. "A perfect scenario is that we win, I score three goals and everyone chants my name after the match," the Sweden international said.
PSG are currently second in Group A in the Champions League, and are three points behind leaders Real Madrid. A win on Wednesday will see them progress to the round-of-16, with a game to go. Malmo are meanwhile, in the bottom of the group with three points, and have no real chance of progressing.
The last time the two teams faced in the competition, Angel di Maria and Edinson Cavani scored a piece to hand PSG a 2-0 win at the Parc des Princes.
On paper, PSG look the stronger side in every department, but Malmo coach Age Hareide remains upbeat. "We are looking to win. It will be difficult to get possession against a team like Paris, but when we win the ball we have to attack and play fast," he said.
"We are good at that type of game. Hopefully the pitch and the snow will make things a bit tougher for Paris," he added.
The horrific terror attacks in Paris earlier this month has affected everyone in the world, and PSG coach Laurent Blanc has stated that the mood in the camp was sombre. Preparations have been affected. "You all know what has happened in Paris, so preparations have been difficult. The situation is very particular and of course we have been very moved by what happened," he said.
"With time everything will be back to something more normal, and I think that is very important. With our shirts [bearing the logo 'Je suis Paris'] we want to show our compassion, solidarity and love," the former World Cup winner with France, added.
Where to watch the game
Malmo vs Paris St. Germain is scheduled to kick-off from the Swedbank Stadion at 8.45 pm CET (1.15 am IST, 7.45 pm GMT, 2.45 pm ET).
The option of live streaming of the game for India (and the rest of the subcontinent) is available on tensports.com.