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St Etienne v AC Ajaccio: Preview

St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has called on his players to finish their push for a Champions League place on a high with victory over already-relegated Ajaccio on Saturday.

Galtier's side will pip rivals Lille to third place if they secure three points at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and Lille fail to win in Lorient.

And Galtier is keen to ensure he is not left to rely on results elsewhere as his side aim to finish the season with four straight wins.

Galtier said: ``If we beat Ajaccio and do not finish third we will still have had a very good season and there will be no disappointment.

``The disappointment would be if Lille do not win but we cannot beat Ajaccio. The priority is for us to focus on our own game and not think it will be easy.''

Galtier's achievements have earned the attention of a number of other clubs and the 47-year-old says he will meet club bosses to determine his future next week.

Galtier added: ``I think on Tuesday or Wednesday things will be much clearer when I speak with the club management.

``They know I need to have this discussion and analyse whether I should continue, but I have not been approached by another club.''

Meanwhile, opponents Ajaccio have been resigned to a return to Ligue 2 for months but could go out on a high after ending a six-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Reims last Saturday.

The victory ensured Ajaccio would not end the season with the lowest number of Ligue 1 wins, and boss Christian Bracconi said: ``I was very moved.

``The players have been under a lot of pressure and there are those involved who are going to leave us. The group feels many regrets and I was sad for them.''

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