Next Game

Bastia v Marseille

Saturday, 09 August 2014, 20:00

French Ligue 1

Ligue 1 weekend preview

Eric Abidal is enjoying life at Monaco as he and his team-mates target another three points in their top-of-the-table clash at Marseille on Sunday.

Last Updated: 30/08/13 at 09:21 Post Comment

Eric Abidal: Thriving since he joined Monaco from Barcelona

Eric Abidal: Thriving since he joined Monaco from Barcelona

Abidal joined the big-spending principality club in the summer after Barcelona opted against offering him a new deal on health grounds - the 33-year-old underwent a liver transplant in April 2012.

He returned to his native France and has flourished as newly-promoted Monaco have made a strong start to the new Ligue 1 season under coach Claudio Ranieri, claiming seven points from their opening three games.

A trip along the south coast to the Stade Velodrome is their toughest test yet but Abidal is in confident mood.

He told RMC Sport: "The goal is to take all three points. We have had a good week to prepare and the coach is confident. The team is focused.

"Marseille are the leaders with nine points out of nine and will be at home but we can do something."

On his move to Monaco, he added: "I am very happy with my performances. I want to have fun on the field and bring my experience to ASM.

"The club gives me tremendous confidence and I feel good physically.

"The day my health will not allow me to play football, I will stop immediately."

Defending champions Paris St Germain have made a slow start with one win from their three games but will expect to build on last weekend's victory at Nantes when they host Guingamp at the Parc des Princes.

Coach Laurent Blanc goes into the weekend with the backing of club president Nasser Al Khelaifi, who believes the team is better now than it was under Blanc's predecessor Carlo Ancelotti.

Al Khelaifi told ligue1.com: "It's better than last season when we had just three points after three games.

"Carlo did a great job here. But today, even if there are a lot of things to improve, we're playing better than last season. And that's very important in my eyes.

"Recruiting Laurent was an excellent decision. His work is even better than what we had expected."

Lyon will look to bounce back from midweek Champions League disappointment when they go to Evian.

Remi Garde's side were beaten 2-0 by Real Sociedad to go out 4-0 on aggregate but will be confident of a return to winning ways against an Evian side propping up the rest.

Winless Toulouse will look to get off the mark at Bastia on Saturday while Lorient and Valenciennes meet at Le Moustoir.

Reims host Nantes, Lille visit Rennes and Sochaux take on Ajaccio.

On Sunday, Montpellier go to Nice while St Etienne face Bordeaux.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

HarryBoulton
Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

G

lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

sailingmagpie
Golden Ball award for Messi

T

his boy is mustard. The end.

hurler
Suso's sights on first-team

Footer 365

World Cup: Luiz Felipe Scolari dismissed as Brazil coach according to local media

The CBF has decided not to renew the contract of national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, according to media reports.

World Cup: Joachim Loew believes Germany can build a footballing dynasty after win in Brazil

Joachim Loew believes Germany's World Cup final victory is a tribute to the way their domestic game is run.

World Cup final: Mario Gotze scores in extra-time as Germany beat Argentina 1-0

Germany won the World Cup final for a fourth time after Mario Gotze's extra-time volley sealed a 1-0 win over Argentina.

Mail Box

Alexis Sanchez: Really Not THAT Good

The backlash has begun: Why are Barca letting him go if he's any good? We have mails on Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez, the World Cup and the wonder of F365...

Stop Your Sobbing And Man Up...

Oh and honey, put the kettle on. We have more World Cup mails but it's mostly an orgasmic explosion at the signing of Alexis Sanchez. Could this be Arsenal's year?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property