Paris Saint-Germain must now be considered favourites to win a third consecutive Ligue 1 title after coming from behind to beat fierce enemies Marseille 3-2 in ‘Le Classique’ at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.
Marseille held a 2-1 lead at the interval thanks to Andre-Pierre Gignac’s brace either side of a Blaise Matuidi beauty, but two goals in the first six minutes of the second half swung the match decisively in the capital club’s favour.
Marquinhos equalised and then Jeremy Morel’s own goal in the 51st minute allowed PSG to claim a seventh consecutive victory against OM in all competitions as Laurent Blanc’s side moved back to the top of the table, a point above Lyon.
“Unfortunately tonight (Sunday), we lost two players which is worrying for the upcoming matches,” Matuidi told Canal Plus tv in reference to injuries picked up by David Luiz and Thiago Motta.
“Overall, we played a great match but it wasn’t easy against a good Marseille team, but I think the best team won.
“It’s up to us to fight to the end and we’ll do everything to win a maximum of trophies,” added Matuidi with PSG in the hunt for the league title, Champions League, French Cup and League Cup.
PSG coach Laurent Blanc was happy with the win but disappointed with the injuries.
“We’ll savour the victory but we paid an expensive price because we lost two players. That is a problem but we are very happy to have won here at Marseille,” said the former Bordeaux and France coach.
“To have won is a very, very good job done tonight (Sunday). (Blaise) Matuidi was amazing with his physical game and he worked hard this week to try and score a goal because we were winding him up a bit.
“He hasn’t had much success in front of goal,” added the former Marseille defender.
Marseille are now five points off top spot in third, which will surely prove fatal to their title chances.