Deschamps rues 'nightmare' start

BY foxsports • September 16, 2010

Marseille boss Didier Deschamps described Wednesday night's Champions League defeat to Spartak Moscow as a "nightmare".

The French champions, who have endured a stuttering start to the season on the domestic front, got off to a bad start in Europe as they lost 1-0 thanks to Cesar Azpilicueta's unfortunate own goal.

Marseille dominated the game, but could not come closer to scoring than an Andre Pierre-Gignac effort that came back off the post.

"What happened was a nightmare, not a dream," Deschamps said.

"We did everything right, even though Spartak's defence made it hard for us. In the second half we were in control, and had the opportunities, but unfortunately it took an own goal."

Marseille expect to be battling Spartak for the right to go through, with Chelsea tipped to dominate Group F and MSK Zilina likely to make up the numbers.

That makes this defeat all the more painful for Deschamps.

"This is a bad result for us against a direct competitor in the group," he said. "We need to move on as there are more games to come, but it is a bad start."

He added: "We'll see how it works out, but this is the worst scenario to start with. Hopefully it is not decisive. We have lost three points, but we will look elsewhere."

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