Confident Kezman can ignite PSG

Paris St Germain new boy Mateja Kezman will make his debut against Sochaux on Saturday confident that he can fire the club back to the summit of the French first division.

The Serbian completed a loan move from Turkish team Fenerbahce in midweek and immediately set out his ambitious stall. "I think the team has enormous potential, and I am going to try to bring my qualities, my experience and my temperament so that the club can get back to the summit of the league," said Kezman.

Kezman is the latest in a raft of new faces in the French capital, including former Chelsea team-mate Claude Makelele and Ludovic Giuly, as PSG look to end a dismal run of form that saw them narrowly avoid relegation last season.

"It is a magnificent chance for me and I hope to help my team win trophies, score goals and play in the Champions League next year," a confident Kezman said.

PSG sit 12th in the league after an opening-day defeat away to Monaco and a crucial 1-0 win over championship contenders Bordeaux last weekend. And with 105 goals for PSV Eindhoven in 122 games and 20 goals in 46 for Fenerbahce, Kezman may have a significant part to play in the destination of the championship.

"I'm 29, I'm at the peak of my career and the next two or three years are going to be vital for me. This is a new start and I'm going to do my best to succeed. I like pressure, it inspires me."

Good feeling
Marseille coach Eric Gerets is confident he has assembled a team capable of winning the championship - and on the evidence of last weekend's 4-0 hammering of Auxerre there won't be many who will disagree with him. "I have a good feeling after the signings we have made," Gerets told the club's website, referring to new signings Baky Kone and Hatem Ben Arfa.

The second-placed Mediterranean side have found a rich scoring seam, netting four in the sensational opening day 4-4 draw away to Rennes, and four last week - three of which came in the second period.

"We have everything at our disposal to finish very high up. I hope the championship will be tight until the end. It would be good for the public and for French football as a whole," said Gerets.

Marseille will be without Djibril Cisse, on his way to English Premier League side Sunderland, for Saturday's visit to recently-promoted Le Havre. It is another promoted club Grenoble, back in the top flight after 45 years, who are stealing all the headlines by being the surprise table leaders.

They have a difficult journey to Lyon on Saturday, with the seven-time champions bouyant after two of their stars, Karim Benzema and Sidney Govou, engineered a fine midweek international friendly win against Sweden.

Other matches see unbeaten Monaco host Caen, Valenciennes host Lorient, St Etienne visit Le Mans and Nancy welcome Toulouse. On Sunday, Laurent Blanc's Bordeaux need to get back to winning ways at home to Nantes, while Auxerre host Nice and Rennes take on Lille.