Montpellier not at 100 per cent yet, admits Girard

The titleholders failed to bag the full three points in Friday's Ligue 1 opener, and their coach has conceded they're not on top of their game just yet
Rene Girard has admitted that Montpellier are not at 100 per cent just yet following their 1-1 home draw against Toulouse in Friday's curtain raiser.

The Ligue 1 champions went 1-0 up in the first half courtesy of Souleymane Camara's opener, but they eventually had to settle for a draw following Wissam Ben Yedder's second-half equaliser.

"I'm satisfied with my lads' mental approach, even though we're not at 100 per cent yet. It's a point won. It was a timid return to action," Girard stated at a press conference.

"We knew it wouldn't be simple and we knew that we wouldn't suddenly start playing champagne football from one day to the next.

"We didn't have the killer instinct to kill off the match against a side who don't expose themselves very often. We still gave up possession a bit too easily, and we'll have to learn how to better control matches."

Montpellier resume league action away against Lorient next week.