Ligue 1 - Diarra, Gignac to shine – Deschamps

Fri, 05 Aug 17:53:00 2011

Marseille boss Didier Deschamps is confident that Alou Diarra and Andre-Pierre Gignac will prove their worth at the club ahead of the 2011/12 campaign.

Ligue 1 - Diarra, Gignac to shine

Alou Diarra moved to Marseille from Ligue 1 rivals Bordeaux, but after only a short time his signing has come under much scrutiny from the French press.

The hard-tackling French international made 133 appearances for Bordeaux but endured a difficult period during the past two season.

However, Deschamps is certain that the 30-year-old will be a success at the Stade Velodrome and was quick to defend the midfielder.

He told L’Equipe: There is no problem with Alou Diarra. He is not in the best of shape at the moment, but you can't judge him on one match.

"How is he finished? That is the French mentality, after reaching 30 a player is finished.

"Last season he stayed at Bordeaux by default and when a player wants to leave it can play on his mind.

"He was a leader at Bordeaux and he is a leader for the French team. He needs time to settle, but I have no worries about him."

Andre-Pierre Gignac has also been criticised following a rather disappointing season after signing from Tolouse in 2010, but again, Deschamps is adamant that the striker will be back to his best for the upcoming campaign.

"Gignac has potential. Even though he didn't have a great season last year he still managed 12 goals,” he added.

"He made mistakes and he knows it. If he can find the right self-belief, he will play all the time.

"His only concern at the moment is to return to training. He wants to be a success."


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