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Nice boss Claude Puel has urged his side to take their Europa League frustrations out on Ajaccio on Sunday.

Puel saw his side lose the first leg of their play-off tie 2-0 in Cyprus against Apollon Limassol, and they face an uphill battle to reach the group stages of the competition.

And, having recorded their first Ligue 1 victory of the season against Rennes last weekend, Puel, who plans to make changes to his side, expects to see a positive response when they return to domestic duties.

``The game in Cyprus left me with feelings of real frustration, which we will not be able to release until we play on Sunday,'' he said.

``It was a difficult night for us and we did not expect a result like that.

``It was a non-performance from us, but we have to bounce back quickly.

``In terms of my selection for the weekend, if you want to be competitive in all competitions, you have to be able to rotate the squad.

``After the kind of disappointment we suffered on Thursday I expect to see a strong response from the entire squad.''

Ajaccio have yet to pick up their first three points of the season, but they claimed an excellent draw against reigning champions Paris St Germain last weekend.

Coach Fabrizio Ravanelli is expected to stick with the side who performed so admirably in that result, but will be mindful of Ajaccio's poor home record against Nice in the top-flight - they have not beaten their rivals at Stade Francois Coty since 2003.


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