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Baup urges Marseille turnaround

Marseille coach Elie Baup says his side must learn to ‘hate defeat’ if they are to end their poor run in Ligue 1.

Baup’s men are without a win in three league matches and lost 2-0 away to Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Europa League on Thursday.

Marseille, who remain second in Ligue 1, equal on points with leaders Paris Saint-Germain, face third-placed Lyon on Sunday and Baup has called on his team to be more motivated to win.

“We must hate defeat,” Baup said.

“Everybody says that but we must do it.

“But when we are on such a bad run, we really have to trust ourselves to put the losses behind us.”

Marseille lost 1-0 away to Troyes in their last Ligue 1 fixture, having drawn 2-2 against PSG and suffered a 4-1 reverse to Valenciennes prior.

Baup believes his team have become too predictable.

“Other teams have studied our game, they have seen what we can do well, so maybe we cannot create surprises anymore,” Baup said.

“We have to be unpredictable again.”

Having only scored 12 goals from nine games this season, less than six other clubs in Ligue 1, Marseille would definitely benefit from a more productive attacking set-up.

While Baup accepts more goals would help, he is not interested in abandoning his defensive focus, which earned Marseille seven clean sheets in their opening 11 games across all competitions.

“Obviously, if you want to win you have to score, but you have to be strong defensively too,” Baup said.

“Everything (in football) is good for me, football means offensive efficiency and defensive togetherness.

“It is classic, but how do we get it? That is the real question.

“Winning is crucial, that’s the main thing but we have to sort out the way to do it.”

Fri 26 October, 2012
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