FRENCH LIGUE 1

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Nancy coach Jean Fernandez is not optimistic about his side's chances against Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain even though they ended their six-game losing run last weekend.

Nancy, who are currently bottom of the Ligue 1 standings, drew 1-1 against fellow strugglers Sochaux to earn only their fifth point from their first nine league games.

They are now preparing to face unbeaten PSG, who return to league action following a 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in their midweek Champions League match

Fernandez admitted his team is lacking in confidence despite putting to an end the run of defeats with a much-needed point last week.

``Having broken the negative series of results is a good thing, especially as Sochaux were better than us,'' Fernandez told www.asnl.net.

``We cannot say we have progressed in the game especially. The team lacks confidence. We must be stronger and above all rediscover the defensive solidity that has been lost.''

Nancy will be without winger Djamel Bakar and striker Simon Zenke for the match due to suspension but centre-back Joel Sami is back in contention after recovering from a thigh strain.

PSG midfielder Marco Verratti is available after he served a suspension last weekend in the Parisian's 1-0 win over Reims last weekend.

Fernandez knows his team will need luck on their side if they are to win any points against Carlo Ancelotti's side.

He said: ``It is not a surprise to see PSG as league leaders. This is the best team in the league, you know, he says.

``This game is the extreme (of top playing bottom) but we know that anything can happen in football. They need to have a bad day and we need to be at our best

``If they are at their usual level, it will be difficult.''

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