Garcia hails Payet impact

Marseille head coach Rudi Garcia was full of praise for new signing Dimitri Payet after the playmaker scored his first goal since returning to the club.

Payet was at the centre of a prolonged transfer saga between Marseille and West Ham, with the Ligue 1 club eventually winning out and securing the return of their prodigal son.

The 29-year-old started his first match since moving back in the 2-0 win over Guingamp on Wednesday and got himself on the scoresheet via a deflected free kick.

"Dimitri is a crucial player," Garcia said after the match. "He and Morgan [Sanson] were decisive. One with an assist, the other with a goal. He [Payet] needs to find the right rhythm in this competition.

"It was good for him to start this game. I think that he was quite OK."

"We have seen a well-organised Marseille, in attack and in defence. We were efficient.

"I liked the second half. We were more efficient, if we look at the clean shots. It helps.

"When you lead 1-0, you can tend to move back, to wait for the opponent, to be less attacking, let them come back into the game.

"But we stopped their counter-attacks. In the first half, they did have some opportunities. That means that the team is improving itself. We were more balanced."

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