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Fernandez: Montpellier not afraid of PSG

Montpellier boss Jean Fernandez has insisted his team do not fear reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the new Ligue 1 season.
 Montpellier were shock winners of the French top-flight title in 2011-12, but mustered a meek defence of their crown last season as they could only finish in ninth place.
 However, ahead of his first season in charge at Stade de la Mosson, Fernandez has claimed his squad are not scared of going toe-to-toe with the big-spending Parisians.
 "We are not afraid of PSG. They are certainly the best team in the league," he said.
 "But as I said before, the league is already won for them. What they want is to win the Champions League. Leonardo said and I agree with him, they certainly have the best attack in the world.
 "They can pair (Edinson) Cavani with (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic. They have Lucas on the right wing, and (Javier) Pastore or (Ezequiel) Lavezzi on the left. I am not sure we have the same huge offensive potential in any other club in Europe."
Fernandez did admit, however, that the French league is unlikely to see a repeat of Montpellier's shock victory.
 "I think what Montpellier or Lens or Auxerre a few years ago were capable to do two years ago, would be much more difficult to do now," he added.
 "Paris and Monaco have a bigger potential. But there are teams like Lyon, Lille or Marseille who can be competitive. But I can't see a mid-table team winning the league."
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