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Barton not worried by Beckham

Joey Barton is confident his Marseille side can contain David Beckham should the veteran make his Paris Saint-Germain debut on Sunday.

Joey Barton is confident his Marseille side can contain David Beckham should the veteran make his Paris Saint-Germain debut on Sunday.

Beckham completed a short-term move to the current Ligue 1 leaders in January but has yet to feature for the club after being short of match fitness.

However, with PSG losing 3-2 at the weekend, Beckham is speculated to make his bow against title rivals Marseille, but Barton – on loan from QPR – believes his current team can keep the ex-England man quiet.

“Paris have a lot of big names and big players. Beckham is a big star off the pitch but on the pitch it’s not a big worry,” Barton said.

“He causes a lot less fear compared to when he played in the Premier League. It would be naive to concentrate on David Beckham.

“I’ve experienced Manchester City-Manchester United, Sunderland-Newcastle and QPR-Chelsea. The electric atmosphere doesn’t worry me, it’s even the norm for me. I am experienced, I know the score. There’s nothing me for me in a derby.

“The season has already given a lot of surprises and twists. And we’re not the types to give up. Nor are (second-placed) Lyon. We remain motivated and concentrated even if we haven’t been very strong in recent matches. This week could change our season.”

The two sides meet again in the Coupe de France quarter-finals on February 27, and Barton is aware that a positive result both games will go some way to defining Marseille’s achievements this season.

He added: “If we win on Sunday and go through on Wednesday, everything changes.

“The pressure will be on Paris. Even without superstars like at PSG, we are solid and when we play like a team, we play well.”

Tue 19 February, 2013
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