FRENCH LIGUE 1

Stade Velodrome, France

Attendance: 32106

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Marseille

  • Nicolas N'Koulou 81'
  • Andre-Pierre Gignac 82'

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Troyes

  • Marcos Dos Santos Pereira 70'

Marseille v Troyes: Preview

Marseille coach Elie Baup has urged his players to dig in over the next few weeks as the club attempt to salvage their campaign by earning a place in next season's Champions League.

Back-to-back defeats to Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes over the last week, in Ligue 1 and then the French Cup, have dented the team's morale, according to midfielder Alaixis Romao.

For Baup, with 12 matches remaining in the league, it is a case of picking up the pieces and trying to finish the season the way they started it - winning eight and losing just one of their opening 12 games in all competitions.

Ahead of tomorrow's game with Troyes at the Stade Velodrome, Baup said: ``We must show our mental qualities as we have in the past following some defeats.

``There is strong character in the group, so we must put aside our disappointments. We have no choice.

``We have to plan for our next meeting in the league and the challenge is clear - to fight with a lot of teams as we aspire to be in the Champions League next season. ''

Togo star Romao believes the performance against Troyes will boil down to how quickly he and his team-mates have recovered, not just mentally, but also physically after the exertions against PSG

``Physically, we were caught out in the second match against Paris,'' said Romao.

``To lose twice against the same team is a small blow to morale, but we are professionals and we have to recover against Troyes on Sunday.

``We have to physically recover to be on top.''

Unlike Marseille, relegation-threatened Troyes are through to the last eight of the French Cup, extending their unbeaten run to six matches in the process - two wins and four draws.

However, the over-riding priority for Jean-Marc Furlan's side is naturally the league, in which they lie one place off the bottom and four points adrift of safety.

One of Troyes' three league wins this season was against Marseille in October, with striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck believing there is no reason why there cannot be a repeat.

``I expect a tough game, especially after the two defeats l'OM had against against PSG,'' said Bahebeck.

``I also think Marseille will want revenge against us, and in front of their own fans they will be very motivated.

``We can expect to suffer, but we have nothing to lose, so why not imagine succeeding the same as we did before?''

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