Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri wishes Herve Renard well in his new role at Sochaux but starting after the two teams' Ligue 1 clash on Sunday.
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Renard was appointed Les Lionceaux boss earlier this month after quitting his role as Zambia coach to replace Eric Hely at the Stade Bonal.
Sochaux are currently in the relegation zone and could find themselves bottom of the table depending on Valenciennes' result on Saturday.
Monaco, by contrast, are flying high and although they may be leapfrogged by Paris St Germain at the top, victory should see them back to the pinnacle.
Ranieri, however, expects a tough game and told reporters: "We will play against a team that changed coaches and will be very motivated.
"We need to be very focused to the maximum to avoid getting caught.
"I wish the best to the new Sochaux coach Herve Renard, but only after Sunday's game."
The Italian added: "The internationals who made long journeys are tired, it's normal. But there are still two days to recover.
"We have some (players) absent, but we have good solutions to cope.
"Moreover, we can again count on Jeremy Toulalan. This is great news because it lets the team be more balanced."
Monaco are unbeaten this season with six wins and three draws and edged out St Etienne 2-1 thanks to a late winner last time out.
Sochaux are at the other end of the spectrum, however, with the defeat of Valenciennes their only victory this season.
Renard's side lost 4-1 to Bordeaux before the international break.