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The coach maintained that La Paillade must concentrate on the task at hand despite being on the brink of a first-ever league crown

Montpellier coach Rene Girard has called for calm ahead of Sunday's game against Auxerre, with the club on the brink of a first-ever Ligue 1 title.

La Paillade, who are three points ahead of challengers Paris Saint-Germain need just a point against Jean Guy Wallemme's relegated side to ensure a fairytale end to the season.

The 58-year-old, however, insisted that his side would be treating the Auxerre game like any other.

"It's very complicated to deal with a situation like this. Everyone wants a piece of us right now but we have to stay focused and not lose sight of our guiding principles," he told the press.

"It has been a tense time: when we beat Toulouse, we almost clinched the title but not quite, same thing when we beat Lille. But we can do it on Sunday if we get the job done."

Girard, who won three league titles with Bordeaux in the 1980s insisted that his side know exactly what they have to do.

"We're just trying to prepare simply for the match, as if it were a normal game, even though it isn't. With everything going on at the moment, it's complicated, on top of how complicated the end of the season usually is. I have to redouble my efforts to keep everyone focused and committed.

"We've shown that we have a right to be here. Everyone says that money wins titles, but that isn't always the case.

"As we've spent a fair bit of the season in the lead, we hold our fate in our own hands. We're still three points ahead of PSG, and a positive result can bring something fabulous. Given our performance this season, we could feel frustrated. But we just have to make sure that doesn't happen."

The final round of matches in the 2011-12 Ligue 1 season kicks off on Sunday at 21.00CET.

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