Ligue 1: No decisions yet on Remi Garde's future at Lyon

Remi Garde: Battling for a Champion League spot

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Coach Remi Garde does not believe his future at Lyon will depend on whether his side qualify for the Champions League.

Lyon are embroiled in a five-way battle for a place in next year's competition with four games remaining in the Ligue 1 season.

Garde's team entered this weekend in the final Champions League qualification place, but they could even drop outside the European positions by the time they kick-off against in-form Nancy on Sunday.

Despite being in a relegation scrap, Nancy are one of the form teams at the moment, having picked up 14 of the past 18 points on offer to edge out of the bottom three.

And with the visit of champions-elect Paris Saint-Germain looming large next weekend, there is little room for Garde to trip up if he is to provide a convincing argument to remain at Stade Gerland next season.

"In my mind, my future at OL does not depend on the last four games, even if I have goals set in my mind," he told a press conference.

"At the end of the season, it is not me who decides whether I stay."

Asked if he had in mind a points tally his team would require over the closing month, he added: "No. We will take it match by match.

"We are still holding on by our fingertips to our goal and it is up to us to stay there.

"We go to Nancy to get the points. It will not be easy against a team that does not have the same face in 2013.

"Solidarity and cohesion will be very important. The mood will be a key."

Lyon will be without their first-choice goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre after he had knee surgery on Thursday, while a groin injury is set to sideline Rachid Ghezzal. Lisandro Lopez should take his place despite a calf problem.