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Montpellier v Brest: Preview

Brest will be hoping to break a sequence of seven straight defeats in their bid to escape relegation when they visit Montpellier tomorrow.

The Ligue 1 strugglers lie second from bottom, five points adrift of safety and face the 2012 Ligue 1 champions who are in determined mood to give coach Rene Girard a rousing send-off.

Girard leaves Montpellier at the end of the season after having struggled to emulate the dizzy heights of last term when they clinched their first-ever title on the final day.

They also qualified for the Champions League for the first time and played Arsenal in the group stages, losing twice to the Gunners as they finished bottom of Group B.

Their league form has also been patchy and currently they lie eighth in the table, 25 points behind leaders PSG.

Girard, the assistant manager of France when they won Euro 2000, has stated he wants to manage in the Barclays Premier League or npower Championship.

``I've started English lessons on the internet,'' Girard told BBC's World Football programme.

``Having a good grasp of the language to relate to players is indispensable.''

Tomorrow is his penultimate match in charge of Montpellier at home and he admitted he would leave with fond memories.

``Last season was exceptional,'' said the 59-year-old.

``To take the title back to a town where they had never been French champions was something very special.''

Brest, under the charge of temporary coach and sporting director Corentin Martins, welcome back Bernard Mendy and Kamel Chafni after one-match bans. Ousmane Coulibaly, however, is suspended.


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