Cabaye - The Reason Why He Left Newcastle!

Last updated : 19 February 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris St Germain are not taking a place in the Champions League quarter-finals for granted despite opening a formidable lead over Bayer Leverkusen.

Sweden striker Ibrahimovic drove in two goals as the French capital side beat Leverkusen 4-0 in Germany on Tuesday night, suggesting the second leg on March 12 should be a formality.

His first was a penalty and the second a 20-yard left-footed rapier strike to the top right corner, and Ibrahimovic acknowledged PSG had built themselves an ideal platform.

Blaise Matuidi scored in the third minute and Yohan Cabaye netted the fourth goal of the night in the closing stages as the Ligue 1 champions overwhelmed their hosts.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "I think we had a good start.

"After three minutes we scored a goal, then we played our game, created chances and scored a second and a third, so there were a lot of spaces to play and we did good, very good.

"We have to play the second leg like we did today.

"We have a big advantage absolutely, but still we have to be focused and play our game and let's see what happens in the second game."

Head coach Laurent Blanc: "We reproduced the kind of soccer we were playing in the first half of the season.

"Obviously I am very happy with the performance. We witnessed, in my opinion, a great team.

"I'd like to congratulate everyone, from the players that started and those that came on, to the entire squad. We can count on everyone."