Ajaccio coach Alex Dupont is hoping his players have shaken off the physical and mental fatigue that left them ``without soul'' in a dispiriting 3-0 defeat to Montpellier on Saturday.
Dupont was left shocked by the performance of his team against a Montpellier side who are now a shadow of the outfit that won the championship last season.
Now Dupont must pick his players up for a clash with a Reims side who sit two places above them in Ligue 1, with an extra point, but who are without an away win all season.
With Ajaccio hovering perilously above the relegation zone, Dupont knows there can be no repeat of Saturday's display in a vital week that includes three games, with a visit to second-bottom Troyes on Saturday.
Describing the defeat to Montpellier as ``a bad game'', Dupont more disparagingly added: ``I found the team tired.
``There was a physical and mental fatigue that should not happen before playing three important games.
``It was a worrying defeat because I found a team without soul, without life. It was the worst game we've played this season.
``We were smothered by Montpellier, we lacked presence in duels. The team was not there.
``Now we need to get over it quickly and keep our feet on the ground.''
Reims go into tomorrow's game on a run of eight matches without a victory - including five defeats - stretching back to October 6.
Worse still is their goalscoring record away from home as Reims have found the net just twice on the road in seven matches, with the last goal arriving more than 480 minutes ago, and even then that was an own goal.
Reims' only away goal from one of their own players was in the fifth minute of their opening game on their travels this season, a 2-1 defeat at Bastia on August 18.
That came from the boot of striker Nicolas Fauvergue who has been ruled out of tomorrow's game with an ankle injury
Despite a wretched run of results, coach Hubert Fournier feels he saw enough in Sunday's goalless home draw with Bordeaux to believe his side will avoid the drop this season.
``If we can maintain the same attitude, behaviour and desire then we can hope to halt this downward spiral,'' said Fournier, who is also without midfielder Alexi Peuget (groin) and defender Pope Souare (groin).
However, midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who has missed the last two matches with a thigh injury, is included in the 18-man squad that travels to the Stade Francois-Coty.