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Friday, 16 October 2009 16:12

Boulogne match a ‘must win’ - Paulo Duarte

Boss praises team spirit

Having witnessed his team slip into the French relegation zone before the international break, Le Mans coach Paulo Duarte is well aware of the importance of three points this weekend.

Le Mans, currently in 19th place in Ligue 1, host fellow strugglers Boulogne at the Stade Leon-Bollee on Saturday, with the hosts hoping for an upturn in fortunes after losing four of their last five league matches.

“I am fortunate enough to be working with a group that certainly doesn’t lack one thing and that is belief,” Duarte told the media ahead of tomorrow’s match. “The players have the right mindset, a good spirit and the desire to prove themselves to me every day.

“It is certain that we must win this match with Boulogne to get ourselves out of this situation, to avoid a downward spiral. Our performances at home have been very strong so far, more so than away.

“This is one of my main questions because I don’t know where the difference comes from. I don’t know if it’s an issue of confidence but four or five players don’t have the same record of performance away from home as they do at home. This is half the team.”

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