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Girard feeling the heat at Montpellier

25 August 2012 19:04

Defending Ligue 1 champions Montpellier will be without several key players due to injury when they take on Marseille on Sunday.

The pressure is already on Rene Girard's men after a 2-1 loss to Lorient last weekend.

Marseille have registered two wins this season, but the Montpellier manager does not believe there is any reason to panic just yet.

"There's no fear," he said.

"We had a difficult start to the season, and you start asking me all these questions after just our second match. If we start being anxious after our second game, what will happen after 35 games?"

Girard talked up the rivalry between the two sides, describing the game as 'huge'.

"This is a great derby. It is always a special event with a lot of passion," he said.

"It will be a very closely-fought game as always. That's what football is about."

Girard also fiercely denied that his side are shying away from their mantle as champions and the notoriety this brings.

"Being champions has changed many things. But for ***** sake we will not complain about it," he said.

"We fought hard to be where we are. The challenge is bigger than last year and we must accept it."

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Competition
Ligue 1
Date
26 August 2012
Game week
3
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier)
Attendance
26360

Goals

0 - 1
77' A. Gignac
 (assist by M. Amalfitano)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
30
15
24
3 84'
18 44'
7
17
28 8'
19
9 77'
10
Coach: E. Baup

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
8
11
13
1
14
22
27

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23:59
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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 6 +8 13
2 6 +6 13
3 6 +1 13
4 6 +5 12
5 6 +7 10
6 6 +3 10
7 6 +0 10
8 6 +0 8
9 6 +0 8
10 6 +2 7
11 6 +1 7
12 6 +0 7
13 6 +0 7
14 6 -2 7
15 6 -3 7
16 6 -3 7
17 6 -5 7
18 6 -3 6
19 6 -6 6
20 6 -11 1

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