FRENCH LIGUE 1

Grand Stade Lille Metropole

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Lille

  • Nolan Roux 24'
  • Dimitri Payet 43'
  • Nolan Roux 62'
  • Ryan Mendes 74'

4 - 1

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Montpellier

  • Souleymane Camara 82'

Lille v Montpellier: Preview

Lille coach Rudi Garcia has called for a final push from his players ahead of the forthcoming winter break.

Garcia believes his squad are tired and in need of the rest following an exhausting first half of the campaign in which they have played 29 matches to date.

Although enduring a disastrous Champions League expedition, losing five of their six group matches, and a hit-and-miss run in Ligue 1, Garcia feels victory over Montpellier tomorrow will set Lille up for a busy start to 2013.

``We really want to finish with a victory at home in front of our fans, and then go on holiday with the feeling of a job well done,'' said Garcia.

``Tomorrow is our 29th game of the season, and I do not include the international matches in this calculation. That's a lot.

``Our bodies, therefore, need to breathe. With the break my players can be empowered.

``They know that if they want to start 2013 with a series of victories against Nimes in the Coupe de France, Nancy in the league and St Etienne in League Cup they will be fresh.''

Garcia knows, however, against last year's champions who have finally started to show the kind of form that took them to the title with a run of three successive wins, Lille face a tough proposition.

``They (Montpellier) have many qualities and great potential,'' added Garcia, who will be without two key players through injury in defender Franck Beria and striker Tulio De Melo.

``We know our games with them are often involved. They are a good team in the tackle and are talented up front.

``They were not champions last season by accident, and apart from (Olivier) Giroud, their group has remained the same.

``We will have to respond to this, so I expect a lot of investment from my players in this match.''

Montpellier, meanwhile, were yesterday rocked by the news veteran defender Cyril Jeunechamp faces a year-long ban after a meeting of the league's disciplinary commission.

The 37-year-old was involved in an altercation with a journalist following a 1-1 draw at Valenciennes on November 13, and was suspended until further notice from the 23rd.

The commission have decided the act was so severe they have hammered Jeunechamp with the 12-month suspension, which could bring about his retirement from the game given his age.

For what the commission have described as ``intimidating behaviour'' towards the journalist, goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren faces a two-match ban starting from December 24.

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