Garcia upbeat despite draw

Lille coach Rudi Garcia believes the pressure remains on Marseille after the 1-1 draw at Lorient handed the champions the Ligue 1 initiative.

Mathieu Debuchy’s strike against the run of play two minutes before half-time had looked set to give LOSC a four-point cushion at the summit, with OM due to play their game in hand at home to Nice on Wednesday.

However, Kevin Gameiro equalised midway through the second half at the Stade du Moustoir to leave Garcia’s side with just a two-point advantage having picked up only two points from the last nine on offer.

"Our feeling is rather mixed," he told "This match, we could lose it if Micka [goalkeeper Mickael Landreau] had not made so many decisive stops in the first half.

"But, on the other hand, we can say that we could have won it in the final quarter of an hour.

"Anyway, a draw away from home is never a bad result, especially here. This point will count."

He continued: "We have no pressure. We said, and we repeat, OM have made greater strides than us in 2011. They remain favourites.

"From our side, we will continue to strive to remain at the top. We have seven games, that is to say as many finals. That is how we will address our future games until the end of the season."

On yesterday’s game, he added: "There are still many positives – I think the solidarity and the desire of the players. They showed a lot of effort and kept their nerve. The confidence is there. We are now recovering well.