Reims midfielder Johann Ramare believes the next two Ligue 1 fixtures could make or break the season for his struggling side.
Reims are currently in the relegation zone, above Troyes and Nancy, and Ramare knows Sunday's visit to reigning champions Montpellier and the forthcoming trip to Nancy are critical.
Reims, who were promoted to the top flight last season, have only won four league games in this campaign - none of them away from home.
``We know that until now the away games were a part of our weaknesses,'' Ramare told the club's official website.
``For us, regardless of the opponent, regardless of location, you will have to take points.
``We are not apprehensive, but we are aware of the importance of these two games.''
Reims, who drew 1-1 against Toulouse last weekend, are four points clear of Troyes and only one behind Evian, who occupy the final position of safety.
But Ramare believes the pressure will all be on Montpellier, who are now ninth after a disappointing start to the defence of their league title.
Ramare said: ``We do not have the pressure. We are in a situation where everyone can see us defeated.
``We do not have that much to lose. It is in these cases that we have to show character and show our collective strength.''
Montpellier coach Rene Girard welcomes back midfielder Younes Belhanda from the African Nations Cup after Morocco were knocked out of the tournament.
However, he will still be without midfielders Romain Pitau and Jamel Saihi and defender Benjamin Stambouli.