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Lorient

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Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff is confident his players will not allow the remainder of their Ligue 1 campaign to fizzle out despite readily admitting their main goal is now winning the Coupe de France.

Lorient booked their place in the cup semi-finals with a last-gasp 2-1 win over St Etienne in midweek and they will face Evian for a place in the final, with Troyes and Bordeaux the other teams still involved.

With none of the top seven sides from Ligue 1 in the last four, Lorient will have high hopes of lifting the cup and Gourcuff has made no secret of the fact that competition is his main priority now with his side seemingly safe from relegation in the league and some way off the European places.

However, he does not believe that will mean a lack of motivation for their last six league games.

He said ahead of tomorrow's trip to Toulouse: ``There is always a risk of a lack of motivation at the end of the season, it applies to all clubs. There is always the fear that personal interests and futures will take precedence over the collective goal.

``I've not seen that in this team. I think the squad will be motivated. I have no particular concerns about the end of the season.''

Lorient came into the weekend in eighth spot on 47 points, six more than 11th-placed Toulouse.

Toulouse have lost their last two matches but Gourcuff has warned his players not to be misled by their opponents' league placing.

``This is a team that is not in their rightful place. They are not in a place which corresponds to their value and their ambition. This is a team that has quality,'' he said.

Toulouse midfielder Etienne Didot, whose side are 10 points above the relegation places, said of tomorrow's game: ``We need to focus on Lorient, who have fought back from their big slap in the face against Lille (5-0 defeat) in the best possible way with two wins, including a cup success.

``If we get a good result against Lorient it will be good for everyone.''

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