Valbuena: Baup has brought some much-needed discipline to Marseille

The former Bordeaux boss has succeeded Didier Deschamps at the helm and the attacking midfielder feels that the 57-year-old is the kind of authoritarian coach that they need
Mathieu Valbuena has revealed that he has been impressed by what he has seen so far of new Marseille boss Elie Baup.

The 57-year-old coach had been out of the game since being fired by Nantes following their relegation to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2008-09 season.

But Valbuena, who was a youth team player during Baup's successful spell in charge of Bordeaux, feels that the new boss has already brought some much-needed discipline to the dressing room.

"I always had a very good relationship with him," the France international told Provence. "I do not know enough about him as a coach to really talk about him.

"But from what I've seen since Monday, he establishes the rules of life; a discipline. This is what we need. He insists on it and it really is important."

Valbuena, who was a part of his country's Euro 2012 squad, has been at the Stade Velodrome since 2006, following his move from Libourne.