Anigo: Cisse's the top Drog
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Anigo says Djibril Cisse is a worthy replacement for Dider Drogba at Marseille.
Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has hailed Djibril Cisse as the striker the French club have been missing since the sale of Didier Drogba.
On Saturday the on-loan Liverpool man enjoyed his best outing since recovering from a broken leg as he scored a hat-trick in l'OM's Coupe de France victory over fifth division side Cambrai.
After his sterling performance the French international drew the plaudits, with club supremo Anigo joining the chorus of praise by describing Cisse as the perfect replacement for Drogba - who scored 18 goals in 35 league games before his move to Chelsea in 2004.
"Since Didier Drogba, we haven't had a true striker like Djibril," Anigo told L'Equipe.
"An attacker who shows such selfishness, in the good sense of the word.
"In his head, all he can see is the goal. He is always looking to shoot and to score, from any position, just like Didier and Jean-Pierre (Papin).
"When you have this kind of striker, it is simple - you have to play to his strengths."
Marseille coach Albert Emon has conceded he will have to build his team around the partnership of Cisse and Franck Ribery after the two internationals combined to good effect.
"These two talented players have rarely had the chance to play together," said Emon. "They are complementing each other. That can cause a lot of damage to our opponents.
"Our other players have to adapt to that duo. Against Cambrai the Ribery-Cisse relationship worked fine but for the rest it was not great.
"We have to be stronger in defence to allow those two players to focus only on attack."