INGESSON MOVES TO MARSEILLE
By Kent Hedlundh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
On his move to the French South Coast, Ingesson said: "Sure, I feel the demands, but it feels good.
"I know I am at the end of my career and feels good to get a new challenge.
"The stadium takes 60,000 spectators and the club have sold 42,000 season tickets, which is fantastic.
"To play for Marseille, it requires experience to stand the pressure. For a new player, the atmosphere could be too tough."
Ingesson is not the first Swede to play for the French giants.
He added: "I know some Swedish players that were here. I know Gunnar Andersson, Roger Magnusson, and Anders Linderoth all succeeded at the club."
However, the midfielder initially did not want to leave Italy and Serie A football with Bologna.
Ingesson admitted: "The (Bologna) manager, (Francesco) Guidolin, didn't like that players like Kennet (Andersson) and I said what we thought. That was one of the reasons."
As the 2000-2001 Le Championnat season begins this weekend, Ingesson hopes the club can finish at or near the top.
He said: "I am the midfielder with most defensive responsibilities. We play a 3-4-3 formation, though often many players go forward and attack."
Last season was a disappointing one for Marseille, which just missed relegation, bringing dissent among their passionate support over the poor display.
Marseille have not won the French title since 1992 and the expectations of winning it again have become incredibly high.
"It's worse than Italy," Ingesson said.