Montpellier head coach Rene Girard admits his side are feeling the pressure as the race for the Ligue 1 title goes down to the wire.
Girard’s side face Toulouse on Friday hoping to open up a five-point lead at the top of Ligue 1, with five matches of the season still to come.
Paris Saint-Germain, second in the standings, hammered Sochaux 6-1 last time, making a statement of intent to the league leaders.
Montpellier squeezed past Valenciennes 1-0, and Girard wants his players to show the same determination in on Saturday.
“We have a competition to play, pressure is growing up for everyone, both in top or down in the rankings,” he said.
“And that’s football, there is always some pressure, ask to Chelsea and Barcelona if they were not under pressure yesterday night, ask Guardiola,” he said, referring to the hotly contested Champions League semi-finals.
“It is something which is part of our job, now, yes there are five games remaining.
“The paradox is last week … we were not under pressure and one week later everything is going wrong? No, no, we just move on and we’ll see, and if we lose a game it won’t be because we will be under pressure, it will just be because our opponents will make a better game than us,” he said, referring to Montpellier’s surprise 2-1 defeat at Lorient on April 14.
“But against Valenciennes on our last game, sincerely, there was no nervousness; we just did a strong match we must have played, solid, that’s all.”