In his very first interview as Olympique de Marseille head coach, Didier Deschamps has intimated that losing is not an option under his tenure, which starts on Wednesday.
“Obviously people will be asking a lot of me, but I do of myself, before doing so with the players,” he explained to the club’s official website. “Pressure is just part of daily life. There is a great deal of pressure here, but it won’t stop me sleeping and in any case I’m not alone. There are people that I will be able to work with on a daily basis like the medical or technical staff, but also the directors, in order to make our project work.”
Deschamps enjoyed phenomenal success in Marseille as a player, claiming the 1993 Champions League title – the last trophy OM won – and, although he expects the fans may be slightly lenient on him because of that, he is not about to take such favouritism for granted.
“My past as a player pleads in my favour, but that was 15 years ago,” Deschamps said. “People will be expecting a lot of me. For me success means winning. OM have been chasing the title since 1993, I will be doing all that I can along with the staff, the directors and most importantly the players to win titles and keep Marseille at the top on a national and international level.
“I was and am an OM supporter, whatever happens.”
Indeed, the former Juventus and Monaco boss is dreaming of success not just on a domestic level, but on a continental scale too, although he admits it will be tough to achieve.
“Our ambition is to go as high as we can,” he remarked. “We are here to dream and win again. It seems difficult but we want to do more than just make up the numbers, we want to get out of the group phase. Afterwards you never know what could happen, anything is possible. Right from the start we will be competing, not just sightseeing.”
Deschamps' place as a legendary player in Marseille might already be secured, but he clearly wishes to enjoy such exulted status as a coach too.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com