Montpellier 3 - 1 Nice

Match info: Ligue 1 at Stade de la Mosson

Date: 25/01/2014 KO: 19:00 Ref: Benoit Millot Att: 13,349

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Montpellier

M'Baye Niang 31
Hilton 53
Souleymane Camara 81

3
vs
1

Nice

Alexy Bosetti 69

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: January 24 2014, 14:49 GMT

Montpellier may be in the thick of a relegation scrap but they will turn out against Nice on Saturday as a team to be feared.

Abdelhamid El Kaoutari: Looking to build momentum
Abdelhamid El Kaoutari: Looking to build momentum

Roland Courtois' men are in the lower reaches of Ligue 1 but gave themselves some breathing space last time out with a 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Sochaux.

That was a good victory in itself, but their 2-1 cup win over runaway league leaders Paris St Germain in midweek was even more impressive.

It was the sort of result that rang a reminder that Montpellier are recent champions and Abdelhamid El Kaoutari hopes it can help them get some momentum going.

"Our victory against PSG was deserved," the Moroccan told his club's official website.

"We were not favourites, but that's the cup. There are always surprises and we were really happy to win.

"Regardless of the opponent, it is always a pleasure to win. We have had a very good start to 2014 but we must continue like this and not let it go.

"We now have to remain highly concentrated because we have the game against Nice which is another important one.

"We need to make sure we use our match against PSG and move forward."

And despite the headlines on the back of their cup win, El Kaoutari is keen to make sure there is no danger of Nice being underestimated.

"We cannot think it will be easy to face Nice, quite the contrary," he added.

"We will do all we can to get a result."

The odds are that Montpellier will need a performance of the kind of the PSG one anyway, with Nice having won three of their last four games in Ligue 1.

They also won a thrilling cup tie with Marseille in midweek, shading it by the odd goal in nine.

"We are going into every match with a lot of desire and belief," coach Claude Puel told his club's official website.

"We are displaying a great attitude."


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