Mathieu Valbuena: I've been rubbish
Mathieu Valbuena has assumed his part of responsibility in Marseille's wretched recent form, and admitted his season's return for the Ligue 1 side is "rubbish."
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Valbuena, 29, has been one of the south-coast club's most consistent performers in recent seasons, particularly in helping OM to a surprise runners-up finish behind Paris Saint-Germain last term.
However, the former Bordeaux youth academy prospect has -- like the entire team -- found the current campaign tougher going.
After a winless run of four games, from which the team has picked up just a single point, OM are 10 points off third place, synonymous with Champions League qualification, and look like missing out on European football altogether.
By his own high standards, the midfielder has made only a meagre contribution on the pitch, and acknowledged to media at his club's training ground that he should do better.
"Five assists and two goals, that's rubbish. I'm not playing that well, but football is a team sport," Valbuena, who had totalled 25 assists in the previous two French top-flight campaigns, said.
"We're having a bad season. Now we have to limit the damage. We're not in cloud cuckoo land. We have to stop talking about third place. We have to try and finish the season with dignity."