Record-chasing Zlatan bids farewell to Parc des Princes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's bid to break Paris Saint-Germain's single-season goalscoring record will be a central facet of the Ligue 1 champions' festivities as they bring down the 2015/16 curtain with Saturday's encounter with FC Nantes.
Paris Saint-Germain - FC Nantes
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Ibrahimovic has been in sensational form for PSG this campaign, and heads into the final 90 minutes of the season on 36 goals, just one shy of Carlos Bianchi's club record that has stood for nearly four decades.
The Sweden international, who is out of contract this summer, scored his 13th goal in his last seven league outings in Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Girondins de Bordeaux, a result that pushed PSG's record points tally to 93 and leaves them with two goals under Olympique de Marseille's 21 goals conceded in the 1991/92 season, another Ligue 1 best Laurent Blanc's men could yet beat.
"We didn't deserve the three points today," acknowledged goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who was beaten by Nicolas Pallois to cancel out Ibrahimovic's earlier strike. "We still have things to do, such as the record for goals conceded or the goals record for Zlatan. You always feel better when you win."
Despite the relative slip, the game against Nantes will still surely end with smiles on the hosts' faces - and those of their supporters - after a season in which they have again proven themselves the team to beat on French soil.
Maxwell: 'incredible season'
"This year we dominated the championship from start to finish. I think we have a lot of reasons to be happy and to celebrate this championship because we've put together a fantastic run," said defender Maxwell, who is - like his close friend Ibrahimovic - out of contract at the end of the current season. "Sometimes people take our success for granted, but I think we absolutely need to celebrate our triumph at the Parc des Princes because it really has been an incredible season."
Nantes would have hoped they would be heading to the capital for their final game of the season looking forward to the prospect of European football next term. Michel Der Zakarian's men were just a single point off third place only nine games ago, but a single win in their last seven outings has seen them drop out of the reckoning.
Der Zakarian: 'proud'
"It is a bad result," said Der Zakarian after last weekend's morale-sapping defeat to SM Caen, the coach's last home game in charge of the side. "We had chances but again a lack of precision cost us. It is always the same little weakness. They had three chances and scored two goals. I am very happy and very proud to have worked for FC Nantes, to have got the results I have. I think I have done a good job."
Nantes have only one away win this year and have lost on their last seven visits to the capital, but Les Canaris have kept the defensive solidity that has been the hallmark of Der Zakarian's reign - they will undoubtedly need it with Ibrahimovic in some of the most potent form of his career.
PSG: Sirigu (or Douchez); Aurier, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell; Thiago Motta, Pastore, Rabiot; Di Maria, Ibrahimovic (c), Lucas
Nantes: Dupé; Sabaly, Vizcarrondo (c), Djidji, Dubois; Thomasson, Gillet, Gomis, Bedoya, Lenjani; Sala