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Marseille v AC Ajaccio: Preview

Marseille joint manager Albert Emon believes the club are in ``state of reflection'' and not a crisis as they prepare to host Ligue 1 strugglers Ajaccio at the Stade Velodrome on Friday.

OM are having a difficult season by their own high standards and are currently winless in their last five league games and are sixth in the overall standings, nine points adrift of fourth-placed St Etienne in the Europa League qualifying spot.

Emon, who previously managed Ajaccio and has had two spells in charge of Marseille before his return to the club to work alongside manager Jose Anigo in January, is refusing to panic, though.

``If we think about the future, we can not speak of a crisis. It is a state of reflection,'' Emon told beinsports.fr.

``If it goes well against Ajaccio, we still keep in mind that it was an average season for OM.

``I watched this team, it is under construction but with ups and downs. I hope that we have prepared for next season. I hope we highlighted the players who will be even better next year.

``OM will continue to exist. After an average season, there is a balance and we can start (next season) even better.''

Ajaccio, who are seven points adrift of safety with seven games to play are up next for Marseille.

They have taken five points from their last four games, with draws against Toulouse and Nantes and a win away at Valenciennes, proving a win against the Corsican side will be far from a formality as they fight for their top-flight survival.

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