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Lyon, Marseille hope for upturn in fortunes

Lyon, Marseille hope for upturn in fortunes

The under-performing heavyweights in the French top flight will hope to follow the example set by the resurgent France national team when Ligue 1 resumes this weekend.
Lyon, Bordeaux and champions Marseille, who between them have accounted for every French league title since 2002, have just three wins between them and are all currently languishing on four points after four games of the season.
The trio were not helped by injuries and suspensions to key players as the league resumed in the shadow of the World Cup, but the treatment tables are beginning to clear as the 2010-11 campaign enters its second month.
Marseille, currently 10th on goal difference, host Monaco on Sunday and are expected to be able to call on the services of their France internationals Mathieu Valbuena and Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Winger Valbuena turned his ankle in France’s 2-0 victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday, while Gignac is yet to feature since his close-season move from Toulouse due to an ankle injury of his own.
Both should be fit for the visit of last season’s beaten French Cup finalists, but center-back Souleymane Diawara (thigh) and Gignac’s fellow new recruit Loic Remy (groin) are both out.
The arrivals of Gignac and Remy brought to an end a turbulent transfer window for Marseille and president Jean-Claude Dassier has revealed that coach Didier Deschamps and sporting director Jose Anigo have resolved their differences after clashing over player recruitment.
“Jose and Didier spoke a fortnight ago. That allowed them to clear up any misunderstandings,” Dassier told Thursday’s edition of L’Equipe.
“They told each other what they think of each other. It’s fine.
“Even though the birth was a bit stressful, the baby is in good health. He has colour in his cheeks.”
Lyon are likely to have a fresh look for their home game with Valenciennes on Saturday.
Michel Bastos (hamstring) and Lisandro Lopez (Achilles) are both in contention to start after overcoming injuries, while center-back Pape Diakhate may make his debut following his loan move from Dynamo Kiev.


Updated : 2021-03-05 05:56 GMT+08:00