JALLET RALLIES THE TROOPS
Paris St Germain defender Christophe Jallet has stressed the need for the team to maintain complete focus during the Ligue 1 title run-in after last weekend's 1-1 draw at bottom side Auxerre.
The result on Sunday meant PSG, currently second in the table, failed to take full advantage of leaders Montpellier losing 2-1 at Lorient the same day.
With six games left each, there are two points separating the top two teams and Jallet has warned that the Parisians - who have now won only one of their last five league fixtures and host Sochaux, another struggling team, on Sunday - can afford no more slip-ups.
"We were all impatient to get back to work in order to win all three points against Sochaux because we know we messed up against Auxerre," Jallet told www.psg.fr.
"We stupidly dropped two points and now we really need to focus on the upcoming challenges.
"With just seven games to go, it hurt dropping two points like that, especially when we were in the driving seat.
"We were all bitterly disappointed with the result and now we want to show just how much we want this title. That means playing well and getting the results from here on in.
"We have to approach this game with the right attitude. We need to get a bit of that quiet confidence back.
"There are only six matches left. If we don't get the points now, the chance will be gone.
"We need to win six finals if we want to finish champions. Unfortunately, it's not in our hands. It's a shame."
Montpellier, whose defeat to Lorient was only their second in the league since the turn of the year, have the opportunity to extend their advantage at the summit to five points when they entertain Valenciennes on Saturday.
The table-toppers have never won the Ligue 1 title and while their striker Olivier Giroud feels their inexperience could potentially count against them, he remains confident they have what it takes to finish the job.
"If there is a risk, it is our lack of experience," Giroud told RMC.
"But we must ignore the environment, even if it's something extraordinary for the club.
"I really think we have the opportunity to get the title and I firmly believe."
Elsewhere on Saturday, third-placed Lille are at Dijon while Europa League contenders Toulouse, Rennes and St Etienne travel to Evian, Brest and Caen respectively, Bordeaux welcome Marseille to the Stade Chaban Delmas and Auxerre make the trip to Nice.
Sunday's other games see Lyon - currently fourth - take on Lorient at home and Ajaccio host Nancy.
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