Football: Marseille gunning to get back to title-winning ways

11th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 11, 2007 (AFP) - Mediterranean giants Marseille will be gunning to get back to title-winning ways when they take on minnows Sochaux in the French Cup final at Stade de France on Saturday.

PARIS, May 11, 2007 (AFP) - Mediterranean giants Marseille will be gunning to get back to title-winning ways when they take on minnows Sochaux in the French Cup final at Stade de France on Saturday.

Marseille had looked set to challenge Lyon for this year's league crown with a strong run early in the season, but are now looking to defend their second place with two matches left.

But despite not having won a title in 14 years, Albert Emon's side have a record second to none in the French Cup where they will be looking for their 11th crown.

It will be their 18th appearance in the final. Last year they lost 2-1 to Paris Saint Germain.

"Mentally everything is going well. Everyone is pulling together," insisted Marseille striker Toifilou Maoulida.

Emon can count on a strong cast despite defender Ronald Zubar (thigh) and midfielder Samir Nasri (shoulder) fighting to recover from niggling problems picked up in their 2-1 win over Nancy midweek.

Sochaux, competing in their fifth Cup final, will be bidding to win their first title in the event since 1937. The club won the French League Cup title in 2004.

Reaching the final has been an achievement for the minnows from the east who are currently fifth in the league just four points behind Marseille.

Coach Alain Perrin concedes his former club Marseille have the phychological edge after a 4-2 win in the last meeting between the sides two weeks ago.

But he is counting on his side to rise to the occasion.

"Marseille are the favourites but in a match like this anything is possible," said Perrin.

"Sochaux haven't won the French Cup in 70 years and the players are very much aware that they have the opportunity to enter the club's history books."

Despite being boosted by a 2-1 win over Monaco on Wednesday Perrin has some injury problems with Brazilian striker Alvaro Santos sidelined with a fractured collarbone and midfielder Badara Sene and defender Jeremie Brechet doubtful.


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