Lyon manager Bruno Génésio described next weekend's Monaco clash as a final, with the winner securing a spot in the Champions League next season.
The stage is set for a thrilling battle for Ligue 1's second spot. With only two matches left in the season, the winner of the six-pointer between hosts Lyon and Monaco is almost certain to automatically qualify for Europe's elite club competition next term.
Lyon are currently second by virtue of a vastly superior goal difference with both teams on 62 points.
Following Saturday's 2 – 1 victory over Ajaccio, Genesio was clear about the importance of next weekend's anticipated fixture.
"We took the three points and we are ready for next Saturday for the final against Monaco," he told reporters.
"The match against Monaco will be a match between two good teams. We will play to win because if they win they will ensure second place. It will be a free encounter in a magnificent stadium," he continued, referring to his team's Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
"We must prepare for a tough match. The pressure will be on two clubs that have the goal to go straight into the Champions League. The one that best handles that pressure will win."