After three successive defeats, Olympique Marseille face three tough games in a week that could effectively spell the end of their season.
Nine games into the season, the cream of French football is rising to the top of Ligue 1 with Monaco, Olympique Marseille, Olympique Lyon and Paris St Germain in the top five.
A psychological gamble by coach Alain Perrin has galvanised Olympique Marseille and the French club believe they are now in the right frame of mind to go a long way in the Champions League.
Madrid is a dirty word in Marseille at present.
Olympique Marseille, still suffering from their mauling by Real Madrid, lost 1-0 at Nantes on Sunday and allowed Monaco to take over at the top of Ligue 1.