Toulouse coach Alain Casanova: Andre-Pierre Gignac is terrified of defeat

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The under-pressure Toulouse coach has praised Andre-Pierre Gignac ahead of Le TFC’s meeting with Olympique Marseille on Friday evening

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova has praised Andre-Pierre Gignac ahead of the forward’s return to the Stade Municipal with Marseille on Friday evening.

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Gignac spent three seasons at Toulouse after spells with Lorient and Pau, leaving the club in 2010 to sign for Marseille. In total, he scored 34 goals in 98 appearances with Le TFC and is remembered fondly by fans at the Stade Municipal.

Casanova has reminded fans and media alike of all that the France international striker contributed during his time in the Occitanie and acknowledging that the striker had a fear of losing.

”In Gignac’s first year with Toulouse, the team finished fourth,” began Le TFC’s coach, as reported by Marseille’s official website, ”he showed his enormous leadership qualities in pushing the team near the top.

”He was terrified of defeat, he was a great competitor who took others with him on his pathway. He contaminated the group with his desire to win and his determination to impose himself.

”He didn’t like losing, missing chances, being substituted and starting on the bench. It’s like that that with great champions.

”Humanly speaking, he’s a great guy.”

Gignac left Toulouse in 2010 to seek glory elsewhere but, to date, has been unable to win the championship with Marseille. He will be hoping that OM can finally lift the French crown this year, although the southern giants currently sit third in Ligue 1, four points behind leaders Olympique Lyonnais.

Their coach, legendary Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa, will be targeting a victory to put pressure on his rivals when his side travel to the Stade Municipal on Friday evening.

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