Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff is hoping for a positive resumption to the Ligue 1 season against Montpellier tomorrow.
The home side impressed many observers with their qualification for the Champions league last season but sit five points and six places behind fifth-placed Lorient during the current campaign.
But Gourcuff is taking nothing for granted ahead of tomorrow's game and wants to see his side pick up three points to maintain their challenge for European qualification.
``These are the games that determine the state of mind in which we will address the following meetings,'' Gourcuff told the club website, www.fclweb.fr.
``This is an important match for this purpose.''
Gourcuff praised opposite number Rene Girard for his achievements with Montpellier last season.
``Montpellier is a team that has been an outstanding success last year. It is always difficult to continue that form.
``With a schedule overloaded with the Champions League, it becomes very difficult to take in all competitions.
``The players are not used to playing matches every three days.''
Despite that Gourcuff sounded a not of caution.
``We must reserve any optimism. It will be a tough match.''
Gourcuff will be without midfielder Remi Mulumba after he was loaned to Dijon for the remainder of the season following only two appearances for Lorient this season.
Montpellier will be looking to get back to winning ways on the resumption of the season after a 4-1 defeat to Lille last time out ended a run of successive wins against Ajaccio, Brest and Bastia.