Louis Nicollin: Montpellier here to stay

Montpellier HSC president Louis Nicollin says that winning the Ligue 1 title gave him the most joy he has had while being owner of the club.

Montpellier HSC president Louis Nicollin has hailed his club's Ligue 1 triumph as the "most beautiful day of his sporting career".

John Utaka's 76th-minute strike saw La Pallaide to a 2-1 victory over Auxerre, ensuring that they finished three points clear of chasing Paris Saint-Germain.

Nicollin, who took over the club's boardroom in 1974, said that it was "inconceivable" that Montpellier could be crowned champions and vowed that they are "here to stay".

"I'm so proud. Proud for this whole club. We are French champions!" exclaimed Nicollin. "It's simply unbelievable, inconceivable! It's fabulous. I think we deserve it, but we'll see what the press write on Monday.

"This is certainly the most joy I've ever got out of this club. It's the most beautiful day of my sporting career, that's for sure.

"Being president of a football club is exhausting, winning the league is the icing on the cake. Don't you worry about us now, you'll be eating Montpellier morning noon and night for the next five years because we are here to stay!"

The victory marked Montpellier's first ever league title.

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TeamPGDPTS
1Marseille111625
2Paris Saint-Germain111421
3Lyon111220
4Saint-Etienne11120
5Nantes11319
6Bordeaux11318
7Nice11117
8AS Monaco11117
9Rennes11015
10Metz11015
11Lille11-115
12Toulouse11-214
13Montpellier HSC11-214
14Reims11-914
15Caen11012
16Lens11-311
17Lorient11-510
18Bastia11-710
19Evian TG11-910
20Guingamp11-139