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Marseille’s Morel Ready For ‘Decisive’ Toulouse Clash

Marseille defender Jeremy Morel has argued that Friday night’s match is more decisive than most for OM…

Franco-Reunionnais defender Jeremy Morel has revealed the importance the Olympique Marseille team are putting on their fixture against Toulouse on Friday evening.

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OM kick off the weekend’s action with a trip to the Stade Municipal. Currently four points off table-toppers Olympique Lyonnais, Marseille will be keen to start this round of fixtures by putting pressure on their fellow title challengers.

That means a victory away at strugglers Toulouse, however, Alain Casanova’s side will themselves also be desperate for points. Le TFC currently sit 18th in the Ligue 1 classement, two points off 17th-place Lorient. They will be keen not to lose once again and risk falling further away from safety.

“For several weeks we’ve known that every match has been decisive,” began Morel, speaking to Marseille‘s official website.

“This one against Toulouse will be even more so – especially as we are facing Lyon in 15 days.

“Therefore, it’s necessary to get a good result this weekend in order to be at our best in 15 days.”

The left-back has been forced to stand-in at the centre of defence recently – following the injury-enforced absence of Nicolas Nkoulou – and has acknowledged that Toulouse could cause Marseille some troubles.

“It will be complicated to go there,” he continued.

“They are low in the table and they need points. We do too, it will be a battle. This last while we haven’t shown what we’re capable of. It will be a great test.”

Following this match, Marseille still have to face the menacing trident of Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. Morel and his teammates will be critically aware that there can be no room for error on Friday evening.

“Matches like this are decisive, because we haven’t always taken points against the ‘small’ teams. We are going to need to take points against our direct rivals,” he finished.

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