Remy ready to face Blues

Strike ace hoping for European run-out

Remy: Building up fitness

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Marseille striker Loic Remy believes he is ready to be handed a starting berth against Chelsea in midweek.

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The France international returned to the fold on Saturday, following a frustrating spell on the sidelines, and helped Didier Deschamps' side to a 2-1 victory over Sochaux.

He admits that he is still some way short of full match fitness, but feels he is edging closer to peak condition.

Remy is keen to get as many minutes under his belt as possible, in order to rediscover his sharpness, and has put himself in contention for a place in the side which will turn out at Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

He said: "I was exhausted after just 10 minutes against Sochaux, but that game allowed me to ease back into action and build on my confidence.

"Am I keen to start against Chelsea? I will go there looking to do that.

"Physically I would be able to. If I do make the starting XI, it would not be a problem."

Pressure

Meanwhile, Remy has also revealed that he now feels settled at Stade Velodrome, following a summer of incessant transfer speculation.

The 23-year-old, who was strongly linked with a move to England, believes he made the right choice in joining the reining Ligue 1 champions and is confident that there is much more to come from him this season.

"I am settling nicely at this great club, I think I made the right choice," Remy said.

"Marseille are a big club, with a lot of pressure, but I think I can cope. If you want to be a top player, you have to handle the pressure of playing for a big club.

"I think the fans want me to do well and I already feel loved by them. I want to make them proud of this club and this shirt.

"My qualities will convince the manager to play me and I am looking forward to having a great season."