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PSG strong enough to stay up, says Mendy

PARIS, April 10 (Reuters) - Paris St Germain, third from bottom in Ligue 1 with six games left, are strong enough to avoid being relegated for the first time, said midfielder Bernard Mendy.

PSG, who dropped back into the danger zone with a 1-0 defeat at Nancy last weekend, welcome Nice on Sunday knowing that only three points will help.

'We need our fans to be behind us, especially at home,' Mendy told his club' website. 'If we want to stay up, we need three victories. I believe we can do it.'

PSG, who have won two league titles, lifted the French Cup seven times and won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1996, have never left the top flight since being first promoted in 1974.

The capital club made unwanted headlines for a racist banner held by their fans in last month's League Cup final against Racing Lens, which they won 2-1.

The Parisians face disciplinary sanctions and could even be docked points, the last thing they need.

'A lot of people would like to see PSG in Ligue 2 but not me nor any of my team mates,' Mendy said.

At the other end of the table, Olympique Lyon are six points clear at the top despite losing 3-1 at Olympique Marseille last weekend.

Lyon, chasing a seventh consecutive title, hope to welcome back Karim Benzema when they entertain Stade Rennes on Saturday.

Ligue 1's top scorer with 17 goals, France striker Benzema missed Lyon's last two outings because of an ankle injury.

Second-placed Girondins Bordeaux, the only side with a reasonable chance of stopping Lyon from claiming the title, will host Caen on Sunday.

Bordeaux could be without playmaker Johan Micoud, who faces suspension by the league's disciplinary committee after being accused of cheating to obtain a penalty in a 2-1 win over third-placed Nancy last month.

Fourth-placed Marseille are three points from third place and a ticket to the Champions League's qualifying round before visiting bottom club Metz on Saturday. Metz are on the brink of going down, trailing the teams above them by 17 points.