Alex, we have to start with an obvious one: did you see Ibrahimovic's four goals for Sweden against England?
"To be honest, I didn't see the game live, but everyone is talking about it. I know he scored a splendid goal, but he's used to doing that and I hope he continues to do it for us. His performance against England could help him win the Ballon d’Or... I saw he won the Swedish Ballon d’Or this week. He's a fantastic player and I hope he can maintain the same rhythm and his incredible physical force."

With Mamadou Sakho sent off last weekend, you should return to the starting line-up against Stade Rennais…
"I don't necessarily agree with that red card, that we didn't really understand and that really compromised our chances. So yes, it should be my turn on Saturday. I alternate this role with Mamadou, and I hope I can give my very best if I get the call."

How are you dealing with the competition for places with Mamadou Sakho?
"Very well. Obviously everyone wants to play as much as possible. But we also know that alternating the role is very important. It's the chance to rest and avoid injuries and gives everyone the chance to play and contribute to the squad. Then it's up to the coach to decide depending on the match and the players' form."

You have been playing alongside Thiago Silva in central defence. Can you give us a word on this 100% Brazilian partnership?
"In my opinion, he is quite simply the best defender in the world. He is hugely experienced and is a huge positive for the team, but also me individually, I learn a lot playing next to him. I hope he can keep helping the club to reach its goals."

Staying with the Brazilian theme, what can you tell us about your compatriot Lucas Moura, who will be joining the capital club in January?
"I don't know him personally, but in Brazil, I'm only hearing great things. He is one of the best young players along with Neymar, and I think he has the same profile as Lavezzi, very quick and dynamic. He is going to be another big character for the coach to count on."

This is your second season with PSG. How do you judge the club's progression in that time?
"Last year we were looking for balance above all else. Since the start of this season, we have grown in confidence as time has gone by, we've improved, thanks to the arrival of the new players over the summer and that's the aim: to keep improving. We want to keep moving forward."

PSG has only taken one point from its last two outings in Ligue 1. How do you analyse this?
"Against Saint-Etienne we didn't play well and that was reflected in the 2-1 defeat. The sending off of Sakho was a massive handicap, but despite playing ten men versus 11, we played well against Montpellier. It's a good experience for us and a reminder that total concentration is indispensable at this level."