Zlatan Ibrahimovic's PSG Departure Has Made Them 'More Fragile' as Struggles Continue

Published on: 27 September 2016

Montpellier striker Ryad Boudebouz insists Ligue 1 sides are now more confident in competing against a 'fragile' Paris Saint-Germain team without the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as reported by French publicationCanal Supporters.

The former Sweden international, 34, left the Ligue 1 champions at the end of last season followingthe end of his contract after a hugely successfulspell where he spearheaded PSG's domestic dominance, which included four successiveleague titles.

Following his departure from Paris, the Swede joined Manchester United in the Premier League on a free transfer and has continued to excel, scoring four times in his first six Premier League matches.

His new start is in stark comparison to PSG's, who have struggled in Ligue 1 without his presence. New manager Unai Emery saw his side lose 2-0 to Toulouse last weekend, which leavesthem with just 13 points from a possible 21.

And Montpellier striker Boudebouz believes it is down to belief from the rest of Ligue 1 that PSG are not as impressive as they were with Ibrahimovic leading the line.

Ibrahimovic's departure has made PSG more fragile," he said. "When he was here, they were way more impressive.

"These days, Paris are doubting themselves a bit, and the teams are less scared, we go at them and they don't like it.

That's it, you need to bully this Paris team. They're talented players, if you let them play, you concede three or four.�