Paris - Marseille's season suffered another setback Wednesday when they were
knocked out of the French League Cup 2-1 at the hands of Monaco, just
days after they endured a 4-0 defeat by PSG in Ligue 1.
With just one win in their last seven matches, the pressure is on
coach Andre Villas-Boas with a cup exit compounding Marseille's modest
seventh position in the league table which sees them already 11 points
behind champions PSG in the title race.
"The first half was disgraceful and we had a big talk at half-time.
We said it was not possible and it's amazing to compare the first half
with the second half," said Villas-Boas.
"We can accept losing to PSG, given their quality but not like this against Monaco.
"I wanted to win this cup, the team as well. It's a shame as the fans
were there for us, from the first to the last minute. Now, we have to
give something back to them."
Despite making seven changes from the side which started the 1-0 win
over Nantes last weekend, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim still had enough
firepower to see off Marseille.
Both Monaco's goals came in the first half.
On-loan striker Jean-Kevin Augustin opened the scoring in the 25th minute from a cross from Ruben Aguilar.
Aguilar added the second goal five minutes from the interval.
Marseille grabbed a consolation in the 77th minute when Benjamin Lecomte put through his own goal.
There will be no let up for Marseille this weekend when they welcome third-placed Lille to the Stade Velodrome.