Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot knows the next three games will be vital if his side is to stand any chance of securing a top-five finish in Ligue 1.
The ninth-placed Girondins host Lorient tomorrow, who are one point and one place better off than them, ahead of the match at the Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas.
Bordeaux have only won once in their last six games which has derailed their bid to push for a European place, but Gillot still believes he can conjure up a strong finish with nine games remaining.
``We must obviously take three points against good teams - Marseille, Montpellier and Lorient,'' Gillot told girondins.com.
``This will allow us to see where we are against what are some of the best teams in France.
``If we do not take a lot of points against these teams, it will reduce our chances of being in the first five or six in the standings.''
Lorient thumped Brest 4-0 at home before the international break to end a three-game winless run, and Gillot knows Bordeaux will need to be wary of their attacking threat.
``As usual, I've been watching them,'' Gillot said.
``It is complicated because they have many good players on a technical level. If we are not good in recovering the ball, we risk a lot of time chasing it.''
Meanwhile, Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff is ready to take the battle to Bordeaux ahead of the final stretch of games.
``We will attack the finish line as we know we have secured safety,'' Gourcuff told fclweb.fr.
``We must now get an interesting place. It will not be easy because we have four games at home against the big guns. This is not an easy but a very challenging course.
``Tomorrow we travel to Bordeaux with a lot of ambition a lot of players returning from international duty. We have had a lot of competition for places in training.''