Nantes midfielder Lucas Deaux returns to Reims, the club who gave him his first break in football, this weekend and insists there will be no room for friendship on the pitch.
Deaux, 24, joined Reims as a schoolboy and signed as a professional in 2006, playing 117 times and scoring seven goals for the club.
He was transferred to Nantes last year, however, and will put Ligue 1 points above sentiment when he battles against his former team-mates.
Deaux has yet to score for Nantes but said: ``I don't care about that, if we beat them 1-0 I would be happy. It is about pride for me to go to win there, mostly for the club because we need points.
``But I'd love to win for my family and those who come to see me play.
``I am not there to score, I am there to fetch the ball and lose it as little as possible. This is what I try to do.''
Nantes, who lost at home to PSG last weekend, have recorded just one win from their three matches so far, on the first day of the season against Bastia. Reims have six points and lie in fifth positiion in Ligue 1 after a splendid start to the season which included a 1-0 win at Lyon last week.
Deaux said: ``I am not surprised by their success. Last year they showed great things. This is still the case this year.
``What strikes me most about Ligue 1 is the technical level, which is a cut above Ligue 2. The players are precise in passing and technically much cleaner.''
Nantes will be missing the injured Olivier Veigneau.