Deschamps still hopeful

Marseille boss not giving up despite 2-0 defeat

Last Updated: 28/03/12 11:14pm

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Didier Deschamps: Accepts Marseille only have small chance but will not give up

Didier Deschamps: Accepts Marseille only have small chance but will not give up

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Marseille coach Didier Deschamps refused to throw in the towel after his side's 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.

The French side hardly tested Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Stade Velodrome in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final as they slipped to their eighth defeat in nine games.

However, Deschamps remains hopeful that his players can pull off a great escape after being encouraged by some aspects of their performance.

He said: "There's still a chance we can go through, but it's a tiny one.

"We're not in the best position and we know Bayern are very strong at home. Players of that quality always punish you.

"I think that until the first goal, we'd done things pretty well.

"Then we let in the goal, and it hurt us. It was just before half-time. Given what we'd done up to that point, it was hard to go in 1-0 down at half-time."

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