Olympique Lyon, who had started the season dreaming of making an impact in Europe, will have to be content with domestic silverware and have a first opportunity to put their hands on some in Saturday's League Cup final.
Olympique Lyon were not panicking after their second Ligue 1 defeat in succession and were still convinced they would reach their goals.
Brazil midfielder Juninho scored two goals and set up another to inspire Olympique Lyon to a 4-0 thrashing of second-placed Racing Lens that sent the champions 17 points clear in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Olympique Lyon will be out to show last weekend's first defeat of the season was a one-off accident when they entertain lowly Valenciennes on Friday.
Champions Olympique Lyon set a single-season points record in Ligue 1 when they crushed neighbours St Etienne 4-0 on Sunday.
Brazilians Juninho and Fred scored a goal apiece as champions Olympique Lyon won 3-1 at AC Ajaccio on Saturday to move nine points clear in Ligue 1.
Swiss defender Patrick Mueller has agreed to join Olympique Lyon from Swiss side FC Basel, the French champions said on Wednesday.
Two goals on his debut from Brazilian striker Fred helped leaders Olympique Lyon stay in control of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 home win over Monaco on Saturday.
Olympique Lyon will try to land a world-class player once the sale of Michael Essien to Chelsea for a record fee goes through - and they hope it will be Michael Owen.
Two defeats in as many Ligue 1 matches and the prospect of a trial over alleged financial irregularities have placed Olympique Marseille on the brink of yet another crisis.