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Sunday 19 August 2018

Marseille return stirs memories for Ribery

BAYERN Munich's Franck Ribery hopes the Marseille fans will remember the good times when he returns to the club that launched his career tonight.

Ribery's last game for Marseille was five years ago, when the winger gave the fans who adored him something to remember by driving a tractor around Stade Velodrome after the match, with Samir Nasri in the passenger seat.

"I think what I did with the tractor was awesome," Ribery said. "People loved me in Marseille because I gave everything, and they always expected me to do something with the ball. It gave me confidence.

"When the team loses, (Marseille) fans don't even want to eat, they don't feel good."

Given Ribery's recent free-scoring form for Bayern, which has netted 22 goals in the last five games, Ribery may well end up upsetting them tonight.

"I don't think the fans will be chanting 'Ribery, Ribery' for 90 minutes," said the French international, who played for Marseille from 2005-07.

"Marseille are in a difficult position in the league, but they will want to do something against us for the fans."

Ribery has already matched his career-best tally of 11 league goals this season, but has set up many more for Bayern's Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben.

"If I'm lucky enough to score I won't celebrate my goal and run around everywhere. I have a lot of respect for the club, for the people here," Ribery said.

MARSEILLE v BAYERN MUNICH, LIVE SETANTA IRELAND/SKY SPORTS 2, KO 7.45

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