Monaco's priority is pretty football, says Ranieri

The coach does not think that results are important right now, with les Rouge et Blanc trailing Ligue 1 leaders PSG by eight points, ahead of their clash with Sochaux
Claudio Ranieri says Monaco are prioritising playing attractive football over good results ahead of their clash with Sochaux.

Last Saturday's 2-0 reverse was the first of 2014 for les Rouge et Blanc and, coupled with Paris-Saint Germain's victory over Olympique de Marseille, saw Ranieri's men slip eight points behind the Ligue 1 leaders.

Ranieri is not concerned at the gap between Monaco and PSG, maintaining that the side's style of football is more important.

"The most important thing for me as coach is the way Monaco plays football," he reporters. "I want to see Monaco play the game well.

"For me, it's about the philosophy of the football itself. The idea is obviously to win with the desire to also play well. The results will come for us if we play good football."

Ranieri expects a tough encounter at the Stade Louis II when Sochaux, a side fighting to stay in Ligue 1 under Herve Renard, visit on Saturday and doubts they will suffer relegation this season.

"The most important thing is to think about the next game against Sochaux," the Italian coach added. "It will be a difficult game, difficult like the game against Reims.

"It's going to be a really, really difficult game and a tough test for our team.

"Everybody thinks that Sochaux will be relegated, but I believe they will save themselves in Ligue 1 this season. It will be a really hard game for us and we need to secure a win."