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Emon thankful for 'turning point'

Olympique de Marseille coach Albert Emon believes the Group A win at home against Beşiktaş JK has the potential to kick-start his side's stuttering season.

Djibril Cissé is mobbed after scoring Marseille's second
Djibril Cissé is mobbed after scoring Marseille's second ©Getty Images

Olympique de Marseille coach Albert Emon is hoping the UEFA Champions League Group A win against Beşiktaş JK, achieved thanks to goals in the final 15 minutes from Julien Rodriguez and Djibril Cissé, will kick-start his side's stuttering season. The victory was only the French side's second of the campaign and Emon believes it has the potential to be a "turning point" for his team. His opposite number Ertuğrul Sağlam was left frustrated.

Albert Emon, Marseille coach
I'm proud of my team tonight and that's the most important thing. We were well organised and very motivated. During the first half we were troubled by the wind but in the second we played with intelligence and scored goals. I hope this match can be a turning point for us because up until now it's been a difficult period for the team. This was one of the best matches I've seen this season and now we have to remain humble and we have to build on this victory with another one on Saturday at [AJ] Auxerre. Everything is not perfect and we have a lot of work to do and my players know that but we have a good team that is capable of great things.

Ertuğrul Sağlam, Beşiktaş coach
It's frustrating because I expected to get a draw. We wanted to start the competition very well but we didn't play very well tonight. It's only our first match and everything is not lost because we have five other chances to win games. The only good thing is Marseille did not have a lot of opportunities to score but I want to congratulate them on their win tonight.