Sunday, March 28, 2010

Chamakh's club loses in Final

Bordeaux lost 1-3 to Marseille in the Coupe de la Ligue final.

Marseille fans were elated as their club succeeded in ending its 17
year wait for a major trophy, all thanks to Mathieu Valbuena who
single-handedly destroyed Bordeaux in the second-half at the Stade de

Laurent Blanc's attacking duo of Yoann Gourcuff and Marouane Chamakh
failed to convert their numerous chances and were made to pay the
penalty for their meekness in-front of goal as Supersub Valbuena
inspired Marseille to a famous Cup win.

Albeit, Laurent Blanc effected the necessary changes [substituted the
attacking duo for Yoann Gouffran and Fernando Cavenaghi], Marseille
were not to be denied their night of glory, as they brushed the Ligue1
holders aside to end their almost two decades of [trophy] barrenness.

Didier Deschamps (Marseille coach) dedicated the trophy to Robert
Louis-Dreyfus and the entire fanbase of the club: "I would like to
dedicate this win to Robert Louis-Dreyfus for all he did to the club.
Unfortunately he was not alive to see this success," he enthused.

"This is the most beautiful homage possible to him and his wife and
children were in the stadium to see it. It's a feeling of immense joy
for everybody. I have a thought for all the supporters who have
followed OM down the years. The victory was deserved. We were up
against Bordeaux's best possible side. This was also a victory for my
squad as Niang went off injured and Valbuena came on and made the

Laurent Blanc (Bordeaux coach) could not hide his dissapointment and
blamed his team for the defeat: "I am dissapointed. You play finals to
win them. The first half was fairly even and we stood up to them
physically but Marseille deserved the win," he admitted.

"Some individual players are below par. I'm looking for them to make
progress from Tuesday when we play Lyon [in the Champions League
quarter-finals first leg]. It was difficult to prepare for this final,
all the while preparing for Lyon. In the end, I think we are lucky the
game is going to come around so quickly."