Marseille looks to stem tide of defeats at Ajaccio

JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer Published:

PARIS (AP) -- Marseille's season is in danger of spiraling out of control if it slips to a fourth straight defeat at Ajaccio on Friday, four days before it heads to Inter Milan to protect its slender lead in the Champions League round of 16.

Marseille has not scored a goal since beating Inter Milan 1-0, losing three straight league games to drop down to eighth place in the league and drifting away from contention for a European place next season.

Marseille, the French champion two seasons ago, is already eight points behind third-place Lille with 12 matches remaining, making it an uphill struggle for coach Didier Deschamps between now and the end of the season.

Defender Rod Fanni says "we're not in a good way, nothing's going for us."