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Mandanda admits Marseille Champions League aim

Publish on 24/11/2019 at 11:00


Steve Mandanda has admitted his determination to return to the UEFA Champions League with Olympique de Marseille.

Marseille spent the international break in second place in the Ligue 1 Conforama table thanks to their 2-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in the Olympico, and coach André Villas-Boas has already set the aim of leading OM to a podium finish for the first time they came second in 2012-13.

"We might not have said as much at the start of the season because we lost some quality from the squad, but when you play for Olympique de Marseille you have to be ambitious and have big objectives," Mandanda told Telefoot on TF1 on Sunday.

"So that means we want to hold onto second place and get into the Champions League, because Marseille have not been there for a while. The stadium and our supporters deserve to have OM in the Champions League," added the France international goalkeeper ahead of Sunday's game at Toulouse.

"When you see the league table, of course it’s good, but when you see how many points we have, we are not far from the teams below us. So it is all a bit unpredictable and we need to be wary and keep getting results if we are to hold onto second place. I said at the start of the season it would be difficult and it is, so we are not getting carried away."