Deschamps optimistic of Marseille rebound
Marseille coach Didier Deschamps is looking towards his side's return to Ligue 1 action this weekend with renewed optimism after their morale-boosting UEFA Champions League victory in midweek.
A 3-0 triumph over German champions Borussia Dortmund was just reward for a dominant display by the hosts at Stade Velodrome, and flew in the face of the club's recent domestic woes.
Wednesday night's victory came on the back of a 1-1 draw at Valenciennes in Ligue 1 action last weekend - a result that left the Mediterranean giants with a record of just one win in eight games this season.
With a home encounter with struggling Brest on Sunday, Marseille will be eyeing their second three-point haul of the campaign as the Brittany club sit one point and five places below them in the standings after a winless start to the campaign.
"We'll savour this one," said Deschamps after the Dortmund victory. "It's not every night that you win 3-0 in the Champions League.
"After having fate working against us so many times, this time it was a severe result for Dortmund. We really took our chances, which was great, even though not everything went to plan against this quality side.
"If we can infuse our league campaign with the qualities we showed, we may well start collecting points. I hope this excellent win will give us the confidence and the calmness to get the job done against Brest on Sunday night."
Sunday night's fixtures also throw together the current league pace-setters, with leaders Paris Saint-Germain at home to second-placed Lyon. The two sides have identical records of five wins, two draws and one loss from their first eight games, and both will be desperate to pull clear at the summit.
Champions Lille are also in action on Sunday night against Rennes. Both sides have made steady starts to the new campaign, with Rennes in fifth place, two points clear of sixth-placed Lille.