The Olympique Lyonnais coach has warned his side that they must take six points from their final two games to confirm their Champions League participation
The Stade Gerland outfit suffered a 1-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, leaving them three points ahead of fourth-placed Lille with two games to play.
And Garde has highlighted the importance of his troops taking maximum points from their remaining matches to seal a return to Europe's top competition.
"No-one took all three points tonight, so the six points still up for grabs this season will be crucial," the 47-year old told reporters.
"Congratulations to PSG, even though it's a bit tough to watch them celebrate winning the title here. As soon as Paris scored, things got complicated for us.
"They're a real counterattacking side, so it was very difficult after they scored. They have a lot more quality, even though we were far from playing our worst for some time."
Lyon travel to Nice for their next game on May 18.