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Horncastle: Totti thriving at 40

Italian Serie A
By ESPN Staff

Ayew hoping to catch Lille

Marseille winger Andre Ayew is determined to win the Ligue 1 title after his side strengthened their grip on second place.

A 3-0 win over Brest lifted the defending champions six points clear of third-placed Lyon - to whom they lost 3-2 on Sunday - but they still trail leaders Lille by four with three games remaining.

Jordan Ayew scored the pick of the goals, an opportunist second from a narrow angle, but elder brother and Ghana team-mate Andre told OMtv: "The most important thing is winning. It doesn't matter who scores, at the end of each match we need the three points.

"We were disappointed with what happened at Lyon, we wanted to set things right in front of our fans. Lyon's defeat (at Auxerre) and PSG's draw (with Nancy on Tuesday) left us six points ahead so the Champions League place is almost secure. Now we must fight to take the title, if possible.

"A big game awaits us on Sunday, we must do everything to get a result there. We are OM, we have to produce a big performance at Lorient.''

On his brother's form, Andre Ayew added: "Jordan scored a very nice goal. When he took control of the ball, I knew he would shoot - he loves to strike in training. He saw the position of the keeper. He feels good, he has taken off - long may it continue. I know the coach will channel him and help him progress further.''

Loic Remy scored a well-taken opener in the 12th minute but OM had to wait until just short of the hour for Jordan Ayew to seal the points, with Gabriel Heinze's free-kick sealing victory.

Coach Didier Deschamps said: "We went 1-0 up but I didn't like the half-hour which followed, when we made life difficult for ourselves, we kept losing th ball and allowing chances to our opponents.

"At half-time I upped the pace slightly and the second half was more like what I expect from my team. After our defeat at Lyon, it was important to react and win this game. That helps us to be a little more safe in second place. Next, to go in pursuit of Lille. We have the right to dream but I am very realistic. We only have a slim chance.''

Sporting director Jose Anigo was more optimistic, adding: "I still feel that with a four-point lead and what is to come, it will be tough for Lille. We must continue to dream and believe in our chances. I remain convinced that Sochaux can get a result at Lille, and then they play Paris who have the bit between their teeth. We have reasons to hope.

"But if Lille keep winning, there is nothing we can do but congratulate them - they will have earned their place.''

On a sour note for OM, midfielder Lucho Gonzalez was forced off by a hamstring problem, while full-back Taye Taiwo faces a league disciplinary hearing, along with utility man Stephane Mbia, after singing an anti-Paris St Germain song following his side's Coupe de la Ligue final win over Montpellier and could be hit with a suspension.


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