Holders Paris Saint-Germain face a stiff test of the defence of their crown when they face AS Saint-Etienne in Tuesday's Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals while in-form SC Bastia take on Stade Rennais FC.
Laurent Blanc acknowledged Paris Saint-Germain had struggled in the first half of their 3-1 win over AC Ajaccio; Leonardo Jardim said AS Monaco's win against Olympique Lyonnais would bolster his team's confidence.
Holders Paris Saint-Germain are through to the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals though were made to work hard for a 3-1 win at AC Ajaccio. Monaco, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Guingamp and Rennes also progressed.
FC Nantes coach Michel Der Zakarian was critical of his side despite victory over FC Metz while SC Bastia boss Ghislain Printant hailed the "great reward" of a quarter-final place at SM Caen's expense.
FC Nantes reached the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals on Tuesday, coming back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 after extra-time against FC Metz while SC Bastia saw off SM Caen 3-2 after extra-time to also progress to the last eight.