Nice 0 - 1 Lyon

Match info: Ligue 1 at Allianz Riviera

Date: 17/05/2014 KO: 20:00 Ref: S Ennjimi

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  • Last Updated: May 16 2014, 11:10 BST

Lyon coach Remi Garde is determined to bow out with a win when his side take on Nice in their final Ligue 1 game of the season on Saturday night.

Remi Garde: Ending his time in charge of Lyon
Remi Garde: Ending his time in charge of Lyon

Garde announced earlier this week that he would not be renewing his contract with the club when it expires this summer, saying he needed to take a break from the game.

He admitted it had been a relief to make the news public, and speaking at a press conference alongside club owner and president Jean-Michel Aulas earlier this week, he felt it had enabled him to focus better on the task in hand in Nice, where Europa League qualification remains up for grabs if they can hold on to fifth place.

He told "I would like to separate this decision from the issue of Saturday's game against Nice. I needed to do it. It's much easier now. It was becoming too difficult to work.

"I have total confidence in my players to get the job done. Our season won't be the same depending on Saturday's result. We charged me with bringing in a new approach, a new policy. I tried to do that. Our sporting and financial results are good and we won two trophies..."

Aulas added: "We need to produce a big game against Nice. It will be tough but we have the quality on the pitch. I am sure, if we play with our hearts, a strong mentality and guts, we will qualify for Europe for the 18th year in a row."

Lyon go into the game in fifth, one point above Marseille, who are at home to French cup winners Guingamp.

Lyon have lost their last two games, but prior to the 4-2 defeat at Marseille last time out they had won three and drawn one of their previous four away games in Ligue 1, so will feel confident of getting the result they need to play again in Europe.

They will have to do without injury-prone playmaker Yoann Gourcuff, who has been ruled out after he set back his recovery from a sprained ankle when he tripped over while out walking his dog.

Lyon may be helped by the fact that Nice are safe, despite being only two points above the drop zone. That is because one of third-bottom Sochaux and fourth-bottom Evian will be relegated whatever the outcome of their match on Saturday night.

Nice have won just one of their last eight league games, and have not scored more than once in any of those games.