Cisse: Derby less of a war
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The big Ligue 1 clash on Sunday night sees Marseille face Paris Saint Germain.
The big Ligue 1 clash on Sunday night sees Marseille face Paris Saint Germain at Stade Velodrome.
Even though neither side has won Le Championnat for some 11 years now, it remains a battle between two of the most famous French clubs.
Paris midfielder Edouard Cisse believes the atmosphere has changed at the so-called 'derby' matches between the northern side and the team from the South Coast.
"In the past, they were top matches," he explained. "Then there were less and less Parisians at PSG and Marseillais at Marseille. This eased the tensions.
"It is less of a war on the pitch.
"Before, we saw street fights with bad gestures. Today, it is a match like any other one.
"But nowadays the fans and the press are still getting restless so it remains a special match."
For Sunday's game, PSG will be without several key figures. French keeper Lionel Letizi has not recovered from a calf problem and is pencilled in to return next weekend against Nancy.
Last season's number one Jerome Alonzo will deputise while Cisse is suspended, along with star striker Pauleta.