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Montpellier boss: We can beat Schalke

Rene Girard has said Montpellier have ''nothing to lose'' when they take on Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

• Schalke looking to bounce back

The reigning French champions travel to Gelsenkirchen as they continue their first-ever Champions League campaign looking to bounce back from defeat in their opening match at home to Arsenal.

Rene Girard's side lost 2-1 to the Gunners, but the coach said he believed they could still progress and sees no reason why they cannot pick up three points against the 2011 semi-finalists.

"To go through, we have to win our home matches," he said. "We failed to do so against Arsenal and now we have to win points away from home.

"A point would be OK here - but why shouldn't it be three? We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

"Against Arsenal, we had to get used to playing in the Champions League and we were up against the favourites in the group. Now we are playing the second favourites in Schalke. The win against Nancy [in Ligue 1 on Saturday] has given us a boost. We have the desire to get a result here at Schalke."

He said the first Champions League game had been a "very special experience" despite the result, adding: "You can put in a good performance in the French league, but the Champions League is a different dimension.

"I don't want to claim that we are on a par with the big teams in Europe, but we have seen that we can keep up and that should give us a certain level of composure."

Girard must take on Schalke without Henri Bedimo, Anthony Mounier and John Utaka, who are all out injured.


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