Deschamps stays positive after European exit
Marseille coach Didier Deschamps had no regrets after his side crashed out of the UEFA Champions League last night, insisting the campaign would prove a helpful experience for his players.
Two first-half goals from Ivica Olic secured a 2-0 victory for Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena last night, earning the German side a 4-0 aggregate advantage and keeping them on course to reach the final in their own stadium next month.
OM had an uphill task after defeat in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at the Stade Velodrome last week, but Deschamps was proud of how his team went about their bid to turn things around.
"Things could have been different but it wasn't to be," he said. "Bayern scored when they had a chance. We had chances for Jeremy Morel, Loic Remy and Stephane Mbia.
"We don't have any regrets. We took risks and exposed ourselves. We gave it a go. We leave this competition with our heads held high and the experience will prove useful to my players."
Jeremy Morel and Loic Remy were both taken off last night, the latter nursing a slight thigh problem, with Deschamps having one eye on Sunday's Ligue 1 trip to Paris St Germain.
"I took Jeremy off at half-time for tactical reasons," the Marseille boss said. "Loic had some pain in his right thigh and asked me to go off in the second half. I don't think it's a serious injury.
Marseille head into the weekend in ninth place - 20 points behind leaders Montpellier and PSG.
Deschamps added: "We've still got the league, even if we're in a poor position, and the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. We'd got used to being involved in four competitions. The Champions League is marvellous but it uses up a lot of energy."
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who missed the first leg through suspension, admitted his side were outclassed and expressed concern over the squad's spirit for the rest of the campaign.
He told ligue1.com: "We came up against superior opposition. There are clubs like Bayern who are built to win this competition and clubs like Marseille who are trying to pull something off. We reached the quarters and other clubs didn't go that far.
"The end of the season is very worrying because you get the feeling our squad isn't united. We'll see how we go in Paris."