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The Paris Saint-Germain player has defended
his team-mate against recent criticism and
feels the striker remains a key figure for the
Ligue 1 champions.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Maxwell says he
is amazed to see team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic
getting criticised for his early season form.

The Sweden international has netted just twice
in six appearances in all competitions for PSG
so far this term and has been missing
sharpness in front of goal, having
recently returned from injury.
Maxwell has stressed that Ibrahimovic still has
plenty to offer, though, and feels it is unfair to
criticise the 33-year-old.

"For me it's funny to hear what everybody is
saying about Ibrahimovic after all he has done
in his career and even this season," he told

"He has been injured and is still lacking a bit of
rhythm, but he has found his confidence and us
scoring goals. He only needs to play some more

"It is ridiculous to criticise a player like
Ibrahimovic now."
Ibrahimovic will be looking to add to his tally for
2015-16 when PSG take on Shakhtar Donetsk
on Wednesday, but Maxwell has stressed
Mircea Lucescu's men should not be

"Shakhtar have some very strong attacking
players," he added.

"We have made some mistakes, but we are
satisfied with our season so far.
"This PSG is the most competitive team I have
been part of, together with Barcelona."

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