Ezequiel Lavezzi: 'It was tough without Zlatan Ibrahimovic'

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Ezequiel Lavezzi says that Paris Saint-Germain found it harder to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has admitted that qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals was tough without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Lavezzi was asked to lead the line as the centre-forward by coach Carlo Ancelotti and despite it not being "easy", the Argentinian scored the crucial goal for his side in the 1-1 draw with Valencia on Wednesday night.

"Ibrahimovicc is a top player and he's very important for the team," UEFA.com quotes Lavezzi as saying. "We knew that without him we'd need to work even harder and make a sacrifice to go through.

"This is a very challenging and exciting competition. It's important to be playing in knockout matches like these - it gives you extra motivation. You have to be 100% focused and never relax."

Lavezzi has scored five Champions League goals this season for PSG.

Paris Saint Germain's forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is congratulated by teammates after scoring in his side's match with Bastia on February 8, 2013
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