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Girard: Montpellier still the one to beat

5 May 2012 23:07

Montpellier manager Rene Girard has insisted his side are still on track for a historic maiden Ligue 1 title.

League-leading Montpellier were held to a 2-2 draw by Evian and with Paris Saint Germain earning a 2-0 victory over Saint-Etienne, the Paris outfit now only trail by three points.

Girard's side face fifth-placed Rennes on Monday.

And they head into the fixture confident, having comfortably disposed of Rennes 4-0 earlier in the season.

PSG play Valenciennes on Sunday and could be top by the time the teams meet but Girard believes his 'exceptional' players are up to the task.

"I must say that I have an exceptional group of players who are having an exceptional season. They have always shown that we can count on them.

Nothing has changed. It is not as if... what's the name of the hurricane that hit America? (Katrina)...Yes, the storm, Katrina, didn't hit us. The group are doing well with a good mindset and they are eager to do something great."

The 58-year-old Frenchman says with three points at stake the message remains the same for the players, they will look to get a result at Rennes.

"We will go to Rennes to get a result. There are three points at stake. My message to the players hasn't changed. To be honest, at some moments, my speech was tougher than right now.

"Today what matters is to do well in our next games, Rennes, Lille and Auxerre. We must focus on playing those games with as much calmness as possible."

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
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17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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