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Deschamps driven for Dortmund distraction

Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 19.36CET
Didier Deschamps was glad for the chance to cast domestic travails aside as he looked ahead to Olympique de Marseille's Group F meeting with a developing Borussia Dortmund.
by Sébastien Blanchard
from Marseille
Deschamps driven for Dortmund distraction
Didier Deschamps addresses the press on Tuesday ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 19.36CET

Deschamps driven for Dortmund distraction

Didier Deschamps was glad for the chance to cast domestic travails aside as he looked ahead to Olympique de Marseille's Group F meeting with a developing Borussia Dortmund.

Didier Deschamps was in buoyant mood ahead of Olympique de Marseille's Group F meeting with Borussia Dortmund, grateful for the diversion from a difficult start to their Ligue 1 campaign that has brought a solitary win in eight outings so far. The German side's own title defence has been similarly faltering – unlike the team bus, stopped for speeding on the way to the airport on Tuesday morning.

We put Ligue 1 aside for one night. The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club competition, with the best teams and the best players, and in this very exciting context we tend to play better
Didier Deschamps
We have three games to get points away from home, so we will try and start as early as possible; why not tomorrow?
Jürgen Klopp

Marseille
Coach Didier Deschamps
We are playing a team from Pot 4 [of the draw], a team supposedly a bit weak – that is not the case with Dortmund. Playing in the Champions League is a great parenthesis, a break in our season, and we have to be prepared for a team who like to go forward; they use the ball well. The 1997 final I lost against Dortmund [with Juventus] brings back bad memories for me, but on that night Dortmund were the better team. Yet that was a long time ago and I have no desire for revenge. This is different.

We put Ligue 1 aside for one night. The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club competition, with the best teams and the best players, and in this very exciting context we tend to play better. There's no need for extra motivation. Every club aspires to play in this competition, and today we are top of our group. I hope it will still be the case tomorrow night. I respect Dortmund's quality but having six points tomorrow night would be ideal.

Weekend result
Saturday:Valenciennes FC 1-1 Marseille (Saez 90+2; Diawara 16)
Mandanda; N'Koulou, Diawara, Fanni, Morel; Lucho, Diarra (Kaboré 66); Valbuena (Azpilicueta 46), Amalfitano, A Ayew; Rémy (J Ayew 81)

• Souleymane Diawara's first league goal since 11 April 2010 looked like earning previously bottom-placed OM their second win in three days until José Saez equalised in added time. Rod Fanni, dismissed on matchday one, was then sent off again on Saturday.

Team news
Fanni is suspended while André-Pierre Gignac (groin), Benoît Cheyrou (adductors) and Stéphane Mbia (broken metatarsal) are injured. Djimi Traoré (foot) was not included in the squad to face Valenciennes; Loïc Rémy started despite a groin problem.

Dortmund
Coach Jürgen Klopp
Marseille are an experienced team with an experienced manager. Their situation in the French league is not easy but they will try and use this European match to get over it. We are teams used to great support, and we look forward to playing at this stadium tomorrow. In preparation, we focused more on our way of playing rather than any individual players though.

French football has an impressive tradition, a model around a national team that has been an example in Europe. We have three games to get points away from home, so we will try and start as early as possible; why not tomorrow? Since [winning the UEFA Champions League in] 1997 the situation at Dortmund has changed. The European title means a lot for our club, but now we are a developing team. To develop even more, we need big games like these ones in the Champions League.

Weekend result
Saturday: 1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 Dortmund (N Müller 33; Perišić 64, Piszczek 90)
Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotić, Hummels, Löwe; Gündoğan (Błaszczykowski 86), Kehl; Götze, Kagawa (Leitner 70), Perišić; Lewandowski (Barrios 75)

• Ivan Perišić and Łukasz Piszczek scored their maiden Bundesliga goals for Dortmund – the latter in his 40th top-flight appearance for the club – to earn Klopp's team a first league away win in eight attempts, since a 3-1 triumph over FC Bayern München on 26 February.

Team news
Sven Bender suffered a hip problem in the matchday one draw with Arsenal FC, an injury which is keeping out Patrick Owomoyela while Marvin Bakalorz has not played this term because of an Achilles complaint.

Match fact
Dortmund have not scored in their last three visits to France. They last faced Ligue 1 opposition in last season's UEFA Europa League group stage when they drew 0-0 at Paris Saint-Germain FC.

Last updated: 12/01/14 12.10CET

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