Montpellier's Girard: We know what we have to do to win Ligue 1 title

The boss of the French league leaders is positive that his young team are fully aware of the task at hand in securing their first top-flight championship ahead of Sunday's clash
Rene Girard has insisted that Montpellier know what they must do to be crowned champions of France after stating that his side hold the keys to their destiny.

La Paillade lead nearest rivals Paris Saint-Germain by three points at the league summit with only two matches left until the end of the season, putting them within touching distance of a first-ever Ligue 1 title.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's encounter with Lille, Girard maintained that his players go into the latter two games of the campaign in complete confidence.

"We know where we go, we know what to do, even if our young team is not used to being in this situation," Girard said at a press conference.

"Lille are used to finishing strong. Our destiny is in our own hands, and for us to move forward, we must beat Lille.

"The prestige of playing against the reigning champions gives us something special, but the most important game will be played perhaps Auxerre [whom Montpellier face on the last day of the season."

But when posed the question of whether Montpellier would man-mark Lille ace Eden Hazard, he responded by saying: "Given our strength, which is collective, we should not just focus [on Hazard].

"There are other good players in his team such as Tulio [de Melo] and [Dimitri] Payet."

Nevertheless, Girard admits he has been enthused by Montpellier's surprise title challenge this season, and acknowledged the loyal support the side's fans have shown during their charge towards the top.

"For a coach or a player, these are special times. This has never happened in the history of the club, being in such a race and so close to winning something so fabulous," he continued.

"This must be the motivation - the excitement - but we must stay focused on the task at hand. The boys, in their heads, are feeling good about themselves.

"What surprises me is the atmosphere in the city, as many people have been making the effort to follow us on away trips.

"This will be a moment rooted in club history. We are delighted, but for now, we do not have much time to savour it."

Montpellier could win the Ligue 1 title on Sunday with even a draw if PSG were to lose at home against Rennes.