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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Deschamps: I had to leave Marseille

Fabien Perrin

France coach Didier Deschamps has claimed he had no choice but to leave Marseille this summer after enduring a "painful" final season at the club.

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Deschamps spent three seasons in at Marseille and under him the club won their first major trophy since the 1993 Champions League when they claimed the 2009-10 Coupe de la Ligue.

He went on to lead l'OM to the 2010 Ligue 1 title, two further Coupes de la Ligue and two Trophees des Champions but left the club in a cloud over the summer before taking charge of the national team.

And the former Chelsea and Juventus midfielder says there was no chance he would have stayed at the Stade Velodrome after a difficult end to his Marseille tenure.

"I'm very proud for what I did at Marseille," Deschamps told RMC. "I was there for three years, we won six titles. [But] My last season was very painful. For me and for the club, I had to leave. There wasn't another solution."

However, Deschamps insists he wishes nothing but success for Marseille and has been pleased to see new coach Elie Baup enjoy a positive start to the new season.

"Today, I hope they won't know bad things," Deschamps said. "Everybody there is pulling in the same direction, it wasn't like that last year. In Marseille, the coach has to handle local characteristics, but now, they have good results. There is less competition, more unity.

"[Now] I don't have daily issues. It's a different job, my players are not under contract. I'm living intense moments for three, four or ten days. Before what happened day after day made things impossible for me."

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