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LONDON---Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will
not face retrospective disciplinary action for scratch-
ing the face of Tottenham s Jan Vertonghen.
The FA said it cannot take action against the
Spanish international over the incident because "one
of the match officials saw the coming together of
the two players, albeit not in its entirety."
Television images showed Torres scratching the
defender on the face in the 50th minute of Saturday s
1--1 draw, but the Chelsea player will only serve a
one-match ban after being sent off for two yellow
Under FA rules, no retrospective action can be
taken if any match official saw part of an incident
when it occurred. (AP)
SAINT-GERMAIN EN LAYE---Zlatan Ibrahimovic is
happy to no longer carry the burden in attack for
The imposing Sweden striker notched more than
30 goals for PSG last season, the most prolific of his
career. But so far this term he has managed only two
in ten games ahead of today s Champions League
Group C match against Benfica.
Rather than being worried, the 31-year-old thinks
it shows PSG no longer relies just on him.
"I think it s a positive thing. Now it s not only one
that is scoring, we have another striker like (Edinson)
Cavani that can score," Ibrahimovic said yesterday
at a news conference at PSG s training ground. "Not
only him, we have others who can score goals and
the team gets stronger."
Under former coach Carlo Ancelotti, the team
revolved around Ibrahimovic. But since taking charge,
new coach Laurent Blanc has changed the system to
accommodate Cavani, who joined this summer after
three prolific seasons with Napoli.
Midfielder Thiago Motta and even 19-year-old
centre half Marquinhos have also been chipping in
with goals. Ibrahimovic retains the centre forward
role, but has played more in midfield to give Cavani
more space in a 4-3-3 system that sees the Uruguay
striker marauding down the right. Ibrahimovic has
become more of a provider.
"I ve missed a couple of good chances to score
this season, but I don t think the goals are the prob-
lem," Ibrahimovic said. "If we put the team together
it becomes like a machine and then you bring out
the best quality from everybody, and that s what
counts. Not that one is working and the rest aren t
Cavani has twice as many goals in the league as
Ibrahimovic so far.
"I m not that kind of guy that only thinks of myself
for goals, and I don t think Edi does," Ibrahimovic
said. "If I win in the end and score less goals I m
PSG is the heavy favourite to top a weak Group
C that also features Olympiakos and Anderlecht. The
real pressure will be to do better than last season,
when it was knocked out in the quarterfinals by
"Last year many (teams) were thinking How good
is this PSG? What can they do? How far can they
reach in the Champions? " Ibrahimovic said. "But
this year they know who PSG is, with the players
that have come and everything that is happening
around PSG. The teams have more respect for Paris
Ibrahimovic has won league titles with Ajax, Juven-
tus, both Milan clubs, and Barca. But he has never
won the European Cup.
"I have a lot of dreams. Of course, to win the
Champions League would be more than perfect," he
said. "I have a great opportunity to win it with Paris
He credits Blanc with trying to play more attacking
"He s given the team a lot of confidence, he s given
(the players) the free space to play how
they want," he said. "When you have
a squad like this you have to make every-
body satisfied, which is the most difficult
part, because everyone wants to play."
Ancelotti struggled at times to do
that during a tense campaign punctuated
by dressing room unrest.
"This is part of the game and I think
the coach (Blanc) is handling it fantastic,"
Ibrahimovic said. He may have to mod-
erate his notoriously fiery temper, now
that he is captain in the absence of the
injured Thiago Silva.
Ibrahimovic was outraged during Sat-
urday s home win against Toulouse after
Abel Aguilar barged him over. He shoved
Aguilar back. Then, as he left the field
to be substituted, Ibrahimovic made a
pistol shape with his fingers at Toulouse
substitute Jonathan Zebina. They had
a punch-up in training at Juventus seven
"There are some players who have a
lot of character. The only problem is
that they re average players," Blanc said.
"When you have players who are really
strong and have a lot of character, it s
true that you have to make do with it,
but you make more concessions." (AP)
day ahead of
Ibrahimovic thinks less goals means good news
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