FRENCH LIGUE 1

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AS Nancy Lorraine

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Nancy striker Benjamin Moukandjo has called on his side to repeat last season's giant-killing escape from relegation - starting against Nice tomorrow.

The Lorraine club beat Paris St Germain, St Etienne and champions Montpellier and drew with Bordeaux in their last 11 games last season to beat the drop.

They almost produced a repeat performance against PSG last week, with Yassine Jebbour and Florent Zitte seeing efforts deflected against the post as the league leaders came back from Moukandjo's opener to win 2-1.

They now face a Nice side lying fifth, two points behind third-placed Marseille, and Moukandjo told asnl.net: ``Their season has been remarkable. They deserve their fifth place.

``They are an ambitious team who want to play European games in their new stadium next season.

``But we still have to want it more than them. These three points are vital to us.

``We earned our survival last season against the bigger clubs. We could do the same again.

``We saw it against Paris, with the shots against the post from Jebbour and Zitte.''

Nice coach Claude Puel believes football's financial difficulties will provide more opportunities for young players in Ligue 1.

Twenty-year-old striker Stephane Bahoken marked his first top-flight start with the first two goals of his career in last week's win over Montpellier before his substitution saw Neal Maupay, 18, enter the fray.

``The redevelopment of the teams might help these very young players,'' he told L'Equipe. ``But we must not generalise because they are boys who play against men.

``The mental aspect is crucial. They may think they are professionals and thus have nothing else to learn.

``You must keep an eye on their attitude in training because if, in the end, they do not do the job, they will be cast aside.''

Bahoken and Maupay could again have the opportunity to press their claims in the continued absence of injured top scorer Dario Cvitanich, though Jeremy Pied returns from injury to provide another option.

There are doubts over defender Nemanja Pejcinovic and midfielder Mahamane Traore, but Kevin Anin returns from suspension.

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