Marseille coach backs Morel

Marseille coach Ellie Baup has refused to criticise full-back Jeremy Morel after his blunder helped Arsenal to victory on Wednesday.

Last Updated: 19/09/13 at 10:31 Post Comment

Jeremy Morel: Had night to forget against Arsenal

Jeremy Morel: Had night to forget against Arsenal

With Marseille very much in the Champions League Group F game at the Stade Velodrome, Morel failed to deal with Kieran Gibbs' cross on 65 minutes and the ball fell for Theo Walcott to volley home.

But Baup refused to condemn his defender, saying: "We have a feeling of disappointment and frustration with that defeat because before the opening goal, our game was more than satisfactory.

"Morel? We won't be highly critical of this player who achieved a great match before that, notably having thwarted Walcott, one of the best Arsenal players.

"He made one mistake and we immediately paid for it.

"Points cost a lot in the Champions League above all in such a difficult group. Dortmund lost too, and we will go and play there for our next match. We will have to use what we did right here and be more efficient.

"You can't make any mistakes in the Champions League, it is a very high level. Arsenal waited and defended before seizing their opportunity."

Andre Ayew also refused to criticise Morel: "To me Jeremy Morel didn't make any mistake on the goal we conceded.

"The ball is very difficult to handle. Very few players could have contained Walcott the way he did. Above all I want to take my hat off to him."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

heyremind me of Utd's treble winning side. Swashbuckling and risk prone. We ha Jaap Stam to paper over the cracks at the back though. Not sure they have their Jaap yet.

HarryBoulton
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

A

lexis Sanchez; too good for Liverpool, Stevie. :)

pires
Suarez 'too good for Arsenal'

T

he solution is to not feel sorry for any of Jabba, Gold or Sullivan. They're all deeply unpleasant and all deserve each other. If only West Ham would sign Barton and Suarez then no one would ever need to despise any other club.

spuzzell
The Strange Idea Of Sympathy For Big Sam

Footer 365

Patrice Evra reveals he would have been Man Utd captain if he had stayed

Patrice Evra has revealed he would have been made captain if he had stayed at Manchester United.

Transfer news: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets further signings

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to further strengthen his squad ahead of the transfer deadline on September 1.

Premier League: Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin returns to training

Sky sources understand that Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has trained as normal despite requesting a move.

Mail Box

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

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