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Girard guarded for Lorient trip

16 August 2012 18:35

Montpellier coach Rene Girard has warned his side not to underestimate Lorient ahead of their Ligue 1 fixture on Saturday.

Lorient narrowly avoided relegation last season but have started the new campaign brightly, holding big spenders Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-2 draw in their opening fixture last weekend.

"I'd say that Lorient are the same team each season," Girard said ahead of his team's away fixture.

"They always start each season well.

"They've got a strong team with good players, despite losing several players during their opening game.

"That first fixture was hard for them, with a suspension and the injuries of (Bruno) Ecuele-Manga and (Kevin) Monnet-Paquet as well as the red card for (Gregory) Bourillon - it's a lot to lose for one game.

"Having said that, they are still a really hard team to handle at the beginning of the season. We'll need to be very watchful against them."

Montpellier made a slow start to the defence of their Ligue 1 title with a 1-1 draw at home to Toulouse.

Lowly Lorient sensationally defeated Montpellier 2-1 last time the teams met at the Stade du Moustoir in April.

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 33 +55 79
2 34 +28 72
3 33 +18 63
4 34 +15 57
5 33 +11 54
6 33 +10 51
7 33 +2 45
8 33 -4 45
9 33 -6 44
10 33 -4 41
11 33 -14 41
12 33 -7 40
13 34 +0 39
14 34 -10 39
15 33 -1 38
16 33 -14 38
17 33 -6 35
18 33 -25 30
19 33 -19 29
20 33 -29 20

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