Unbeaten Marseille proving money isn't everything

Associated Press Modified: September 20, 2012 at 8:35 am •  Published: September 20, 2012
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PARIS (AP) — Coach Elie Baup is delighted that modest Marseille is proving to big-spending Paris Saint-Germain that money isn't everything in football.

PSG spent over €150million in the summer on new players while Marseille was forced to sell key players to trim its payroll, rather than recruit superstars.

However, Marseille tops the Ligue 1 table after a perfect start and is looking for a sixth straight victory against Evian on Sunday.

"We're not in the same economical fight. That's evident for everyone," Baup said. "But if that can encourage investors to come into other French clubs, why not. PSG is a club that is far ahead on an economical basis, but it's not a given that it will be so on a sporting one. We saw that last year with Montpellier.

"Logic says that economically and in a sporting sense, PSG should be ahead, but in football there can be surprises in the group dynamic and the game. That's what we have to stick to, to continue on our path and not make calculations looking at others."

PSG has improved after a dismal start to the season, which saw it pick up just three points from three games, and heads to Bastia in search of a third straight Ligue 1 victory.

It will also be boosted by Tuesday's 4-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in its Champions League opener as it looks like its expensive collection of talents is finally beginning to gel as a team.

"It's not a signal, it was only a match," goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu said. "What's important for us is to focus on our job. What others think isn't important at the moment. This is the result of our work. We never lost our heads, we always remained focused even when things weren't working so well. We remained calm and looked for solutions.



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