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Papin plays down derby significance

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Lens coach Jean-Pierre Papin insists Sunday´s derby of the north against rivals Lille "is just like any other match".

With both teams struggling at the wrong end of the Ligue 1 table, the game has taken on added significance.

But former France striker Papin is not getting too worked up about it, saying: "I have experienced more heated derbies between AC Milan and Internazionale. These are interesting games but we mustn´t have a fixation on this being a derby. We need three points and it is just like any other match."

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