By Joe Brewin

Gervinho insists Montpellier’s Ligue 1 title success was no fluke.

René Girard’s side made history last season with their first championship title, holding off the likes of Paris Saint-Germain to lift the trophy.

Montpellier have struggled to one win in their opening five matches of the season but Gervinho believes they are worthy champions.

“Montpellier played well last season and when we saw the recruiting that PSG did last season, we felt they [the latter] would win the league,” admitted the forward.

“But Montpellier made it through the whole league and deserved to win it.

“Every team has a chance. Nothing is done before the game and we are hoping to do well in the competition. We are respectful towards this Montpellier side. Maybe tomorrow I can tell you how much of a chance they have.”

Gervinho himself will be hoping to hold down a first-team place after impressing as a central striker with a brace in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Southampton.

“I feel good about playing in that position and whatever position the coach wants to put me in,” he said. “He has shown me confidence as a centre forward. It is easier for me to play when the coach is confident in me.

“Wherever I play I will give my best in the position. On scoring, it is always good for a forward to gain some confidence.

“I learned a lot during my first season. All of the foreign players want to do their best in this league and I hope that this season will be a good one for me after the experiences I gained in my first season.”

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