Monaco and Olympique Marseille battle it out on Sunday in an exciting Ligue 1 showdown with a strong European flavour.
Fresh from the celebrations of their shock victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals, Monaco hope to avoid a bitter hangover when they travel to RC Lens on Saturday.
Ousted from first place in Ligue 1 by Olympique Lyon last week after six months at the top, Monaco can ill afford another mishap in the run-in to the French championship.
Ligue 1 runaway leaders Monaco ended a near-perfect first half of the season on a low note when they lost 1-0 at Stade Rennes on Saturday.
Debt-ridden Monaco, who finished second in French Ligue 1 this season, were demoted to the second division by the French Professional League (LFP) on financial grounds on Wednesday.
As a player Didier Deschamps won almost every honour on offer in football, but claiming his first trophy as a coach, with Monaco at the weekend, came as arguably his sweetest victory.
With seven matches remaining in the season, Ligue 1 leaders Monaco begin their final sprint for the title when they meet Nice in a Riviera derby at the weekend.
Congo's Shabani Nonda put Monaco back on top of the French first division with a last-gasp double as they won 3-1 at lowly Lille on Saturday.