Olympique de Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has hailed the Ligue 1 side's current position in the table as "a great achievement".
Marseille currently sit on 38 points, level with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais at the top of the pile.
This time last season, OM were sitting in sixth place, seven points worse off than they are now and Anigo admits he has been surprised by their strong domestic campaign so far.
"If we were told at the beginning of the marathon that we would be on 38 points at half-way, we would have signed and been happy," he told OMtv. "This is a great achievement for the players and something good for the club.
"We will go on holiday with peace of mind to prepare for the other part of the championship with peace and quiet. We had some difficult times but we were able to bounce back, such as [games against] Bastia and Toulouse, taking nine points from nine to finish [the year].
"It was not easy but it has placed us in a comfortable position, and we must continue."
Marseille restart their Ligue 1 campaign against Sochaux on January 11.