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Sochaux midfielder Julien Faussurier has likened Sunday's Ligue 1 match against Nice to a ``quarter-final'', with a semi-final and final to come in the last days of their season.

Sochaux need three points against Nice to remain in touch with the teams above the relegation zone and currently sit four points behind 17th-placed Evian.

With games against Rennes and fellow strugglers Evian to come after their home clash with Nice, Faussurier prefers to think of the season run-in as a knockout competition, with top-flight survival at stake.

``This is like a quarter-final,'' the 27-year-old told the club's official website.

``Then we'll have a semi-final against Rennes and possibly the final against Evian.''

Despite their lowly status, Sochaux held leaders Paris St Germain to a 1-1 draw last weekend after Thiago Silva's own goal delayed the title celebrations in the French capital, and Faussurier wants to take that fortune into his side's final games.

``We need to put in the same ingredients in these games: a lot of desire, aggression and a fairly high pressing line,'' Faussurier added.

Nice will travel to Sochaux without their captain Didier Digard, who has suffered a calf injury.

``He felt his calf before Reims,'' said Nice head coach Claude Puel.

``We'll see if he can recover by the end of the season.''

There is however, some good news for Puel, as defender Nemanja Pejcinovic is back in the squad after recovering from a groin injury and midfielder Mahamane Traore looks is back in contention after a hamstring problem.



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