Marseille looks to bounce back to form at Ajaccio
PARIS (AP) — Having started the season brightly, Marseille's form has dimmed with three straight defeats and no goals scored, while its bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain has won its past four matches in all competitions and taken top spot in the league.
Marseille lost 2-0 to PSG in the League Cup on Wednesday, relinquishing its grip on the trophy it had won three consecutive times, and that followed losses to Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Europa League and lowly Troyes in the French league.
Marseille needs to rediscover its scoring touch when it travels to play Corsican side Ajaccio on Sunday. PSG, which is three points clear at the top having played a game more than third-place Marseille, looks to keep a fifth straight clean sheet when it hosts Saint-Etienne on Saturday.
"We're going through a bad spell, with defeats, injuries and suspensions. We have to stick together even more now," Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda said. "A difficult match awaits us at Ajaccio. We need to be prepared and put an end to this negative run we're on."
Toulouse, which is away to Bordeaux on Sunday, is in second place, three points behind PSG, but having played the same amount of games.
Marseille has struggled to cope with the loss of top scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac, who fractured a bone in his foot against Troyes two weeks ago. Loic Remy, who has replaced him in attack, still looks some way short of his best, having been plagued by a thigh injury for several months. Winger Andre Ayew, who scored so freely last season, has yet to score in the league.
Still, Remy is optimistic that Marseille can still challenge for honors.
"We have other challenges ahead, the (French) title, the Europa League and the French Cup," he said. "We're struggling a bit in terms of the squad at the moment, but you have to make do with that. It's difficult when you have injuries."
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