Mathieu Valbuena has hailed the 2012-13 season as his finest ever for Marseille.
The diminutive attacker scored three goals in 36 Ligue 1 games this term, but racked up an impressive 12 assists, second only to Lille’s Dmitri Payet.
Marseille will finish second in Ligue 1 behind big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and Valbuena believes it ranks among the side’s better recent campaigns.
“From a personal point of view it has been a good season, I have put in some strong performances, I played well with the French national team as well so it made me improve,” he said.
“The Marseille results were very good as well so I guess we can talk about a very good season, personally I felt a lot more comfortable on the pitch, my game improved a lot, that’s for sure.
“The important thing for me was to be performing in every game, so it’s one of my best seasons so far.”
Valbuena’s performances have propelled Marseille into the top two, sealing UEFA Champions League qualification and the playmaker believes his side’s presence in the competition that they won in 1993 is vital for French football.
He added: “It is a big moment, something which happened 20 years ago but everyone keeps this day in their memory.
“Marseille is the only French club to have won the Champions League, so it has been a very important moment for French football.
“Some moments we will never forget, honestly it’s a great pleasure, most of the players who played the final against Milan will be there celebrating with us.”