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Montpellier v Lyon: Preview

Lyon coach Remi Garde has called on his players to give the same level of performance which earned them a 3-1 win over Toulouse when they visit Montpellier.

Lyon had gone into the Toulouse game on the back of three straight defeats in Ligue 1 but they can take second place from Marseille with a win against Montpellier.

Lyon lie third in the table, two points behind Marseille, while Montpellier are seventh.

But Garde has warned his players to be watchful against a Montpellier side normally hard to beat at home.

He told reporters: ``This is a very strong team at home. It is never easy to take points there.

``Montpellier are a quality team, but I do not know what they expect from the end of the season.

``This requires being in the same state of mind as against Toulouse.''

Striker Alexandre Lacazette faces a fitness test on a hamstring injury and is not certain to face Montpellier.

Garde reported there were no other injury concerns for his squad.

Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier revealed the win over Toulouse had lifted the team but that they knew there was plenty of hard work still to do before the end of the season.

Grenier told the club website: ``I was sad after three defeats. The win relieved us, (we were) smiling again.''

Montpellier, winners only once in their last five league games, continue to struggle to defend the title they won for the first time last season.

Former Lyon striker Anthony Mounier has targeted a win against his old team-mates to boost Montpellier's chances of qualifying for Europe.

``We have to win against Lyon if we want this European place,'' Mounier told reporters.

``There are still a lot of players (at Lyon) that I know, especially young people I knew at the training centre. Or the staff and physiotherapists who I know from my time training there.''

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