Lyon and PSG have played down the importance of topping Ligue 1
Last Updated: December 21, 2012 8:51am
Paris Saint-Germain: Currently top of Ligue 1
Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain have played down the importance of topping Ligue 1 as they prepare for their final fixtures before the winter break.
The two sides are level on points at the summit, along with Marseille, after PSG's 1-0 win over Les Gones last weekend.
With OM in action on Sunday against St Etienne, either of their rivals will be able to push ahead with victories on Friday (PSG) and Saturday (Lyon).
But Lyon's Mouhamadou Dabo said ahead of their clash with fifth-placed Nice: "We are not focused on (top spot). The objective is simply to average two points per game. If you are 'autumn champions', that does not mean you will be at the end of the season."
His thoughts were echoed by Blaise Matuidi ahead of PSG's trip to Brest. The France midfielder said: "We saw that last season, when we were first at the break and eventually finished second.
"The most important thing is to be first in May, but we want to finish 2012 well and leave for the break in good spirits."
Nice's fellow surprise packages, fourth-placed Lorient and sixth-placed Rennes, are respectively in action at home to struggling Reims and away to Ajaccio.
Bordeaux lie seventh ahead of their clash with Troyes and goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso told the club website: "There is nothing special to say about that.
"We absolutely have to finish with a win against Troyes. If we do that, the job will have been done for the first half of the season."
There is also an important game in the relegation battle, where bottom club Nancy can move back in touch with the teams above the drop zone should they beat Bastia.
Nancy, who go into the game on a remarkable run of six successive draws, will have defenders Massadio Haidara and Helder available after respective back and foot injuries, while captain Andre Luiz will hope to recover from illness in time to play.
Lille take on Montpellier on Saturday while Sunday's remaining games see Valenciennes host Evian while Toulouse take on Sochaux.