Morel: A rivalvy has to be settled

Olympique Marseille fullback Jeremy Morel admits there is a lot riding on the Ligue 1 match between OM and Olympique Lyon on Sunday night.

Les Phoceens had a difficult start to the season, but their fortunes changed with a win over Saint-Etienne in November and they have been unbeaten in eight league games since.

However, Marseille still occupy a disappointing ninth position on the Ligue 1 table, one place above Lyon and both sides will be desperate to grab a win to move up the table closer to where they will feel they belong.

"The Saint-Etienne match was also a turning point. The points [against Lyon] are worth a lot. This is an important match for both teams. This is a big game," he told the club's official website.

"There is pressure, a rivalry has to be settled. It is a surprise to see the two teams in this position regarding their past season. But in the light of the performances, it is a little less surprising.

"There are some positives lately but this doesn't appear in the results. We know what needs to be done. We concentrate on ourselves primarily, we fight for each other. We have to take points quickly to regain our confidence.

"We know that they are good in away games by playing well on the counter-attack. We have been working on the balance of the team. We need to be rigorous and vigilant.

"We need to press by using the control that we have found lately. Even if people don't like to see it in the stands, we have to gloss over it. Valbuena was able to do it."

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