Deschamps delight as Marseille clinch title

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Didier Deschamps was delighted after an "extraordinary human adventure" culminated in his Marseille side being crowned Ligue 1 champions last night.

OM's 3-1 win against Rennes at the Stade Velodrome, coupled with Auxerre's defeat at Lyon earlier in the evening, handed the south coast club the title for the first time since 1992.

"It's amazing but the credit goes primarily to the players," said Deschamps.

"It has been an extraordinary human adventure, a great victory for the club and its employees.

"It is the result of nine months of hard work with plenty of ups and downs.

"I am very proud."

Deschamps appeared remarkably calm despite chaotic scenes of celebration at the Velodrome.

"I am not one for dancing on the table," he explained. "I am not a very good dancer!

"As a player the joy is different. As a coach it is more contained because we have to think of everyone, the medical staff, the technical staff. But it is a big satisfaction to win the title.

"It has been an exceptional year for us all."

Asked if it was the highlight of his coaching career, Deschamps added: "I was lucky enough to win two Coupe de la Ligues (with Monaco and Marseille) and a Serie B championship with Juventus.

"They were great moments but a major title is harder because it is long and there is a lot of work.

"It is a reward for the long-term work and continuity. That is what I want."

Gabriel Heinze gave Marseille the lead on the night and, even when Jimmy Briand equalised, the hosts kept their cool to win with goals by captain Mamadou Niang and midfielder Lucho Gonzalez.

"Rennes are a quality team," said Deschamps.

"We knew the result of the Lyon-Auxerre match and that paralysed us, especially in the first half.

"At half-time I said to the players we had to let go."