Rene Girard: 'We deserved it'

Rene Girard says that he is gearing up for an incredible party with the Montpellier HSC fans.

Rene Girard believes that Montpellier HSC have proven that money is "not the be-all and end-all".

La Pallaide lifted their first ever league title on Sunday night after a 2-1 victory over Auxerre.

Paris Saint-Germain could only finish in second place, despite spending big money since being taken over by Qatar Investment Authority last summer.

Girard said that Montpellier's triumph is a "shot in the arm" for French football.

"I'm so proud of my players, who have produced a remarkable season," said Girard. "We played well, scored a lot of goals, didn't concede many. We deserved to go all the way.

"Our supporters have been exceptional. I hope we're going to have the most incredible party with them back in Montpellier. I take my hat off to the fans - there are some strong bonds being made between the team and the fans this season.

"I think our triumph is a real shot in the arm for French football. It just goes to show that everyone can beat everyone and that money isn't the be-all and end-all. We're a club of mates, a club that brings young players through and gives them a chance. At the end of the day, it's worked out well for us. We played some great football, with a well-balanced team and I'm overwhelmed."

Girard won the Ligue 1 title three times as a player for Bordeaux.

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