Next Game

Nantes v Marseille

Friday, 25 April 2014, 19:30

French Ligue 1

Stade Velodrome

Last Game

Marseille 0 - 0 Lille

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 20:00

French Ligue 1

Baup: Arsenal are favourites

Marseille boss Elie Baup says Arsenal should be considered favourites in Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League Group F opener in France.

Last Updated: 18/09/13 at 19:55 Post Comment

Elie Baup: Marseille boss believes Arsenal are favourites

Elie Baup: Marseille boss believes Arsenal are favourites

Baup says the visitors are man-for-man stronger than his side but he still believes Marseille can win the match if they show enough spirit.

The high-profile signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid grabbed headlines but Baup says Arsenal's squad was already strong without him.

"Well, they also have Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, but I sleep well," he said. "We know that we have to show the courage, have to invest ourselves.

"I cannot say those players are a headache for me. We will give it our all and we know individually they are a better team than us.

"Individually they have better players, but we have to be a strong team. When a club can pay 50 million Euros for a player like Ozil and bring such a quality player, it is very good for them.

"But I think we have recruited well, brought in some young players and we're trying to build something for the short and mid-term.

"We have some experienced players that can teach these young players and build for the future."

The match will be a welcome return to Champions League action for Marseille, having last season missed out on the competition for the first time in five years.

"We were frustrated last year when we did not play Champions League football, so we are looking forward to returning," captain Steve Mandanda said.

"These games are magnificent to play in and we are delighted to be back in this competition. We missed it."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Europa League: Lima's late winner gives Benfica 2-1 victory in semi-final first-leg

Substitute Lima struck late to help Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Juventus in their Europa League semi-final first-leg.

Nicky Butt proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary boss Ryan Giggs

Nicky Butt says he is immensely proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary manager Ryan Giggs.

Europa League: Sevilla secure first leg lead in all-Spanish clash with Valencia

Sevilla toppled La Liga rivals Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final to claim a 2-0 advantage.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

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