Cisse looks forward to l'OM bow
By Patrick Haond and Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Djibril Cisse says he is hopeful of making his Marseille debut against Lyon on October 21 as he aims to fire the French side to the top of Ligue 1.
The on-loan Liverpool man joined l'OM after seeing his World Cup dream shot to tatters due to a serious double leg break, but after a long recovery the striker is now closing in on his first team return.
Cisse has great hopes for his new employers in the coming season, and says he hopes to take the field against reigning champions Lyon to mark his first appearance in French football since leaving Auxerre for Anfield in 2004.
However, the French international was unwilling to dwell on his exit from Liverpool, instead talking up Marseille's chances of claiming the league title this season.
"I had a very good last season, despite very little time on the pitch at Liverpool, but they wanted me to leave," Cisse told L'Equipe.
"My departure from Liverpool is clearly another kind of injury. But I don't want to talk about it.
"L'OM is above all my club, and not a springboard. I want to repay the trust the officials gave me.
"L'OM was the right choice. For l'OM, it was a risk to sign me, and I am grateful for that.
"Indeed, the match against Lyon is my aim. But we will see.
"There is a lot of pressure and expectation on me here, but I know how to manage that.
"I am absolutely not surprised by the good start to the season.
"Of course l'OM can be champions. There are real possibilities to get good results. I am convinced about that.
"If not I would have not come. L'OM has huge potential.
"Now I am fine, I have started to jog. I never asked myself any questions and I never had any dejected moments.
"I believe nothing serious can happen to me. It is just steps in my career."
Cisse is also aware he has no divine right to claim a starting place for the Southern French outfit, although he is aiming to make the kind of impact that will have national coach Raymond Domenech taking a close interest.
"I can't wait to play for the club of my heart and to discover the city that I don't know very well," Cisse continued.
"I won't steal somebody's place.
"First, I need to have the good level. I will integrate into the team if I deserve it.
"I don't think the coach would make somebody play only because of his name.
"I want to come-back to L'Equipe de France as soon as possible."