7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Cotter's men take on Heineken Cup holders Leinster a week on Sunday for a place in the Twickenham showpiece on May 19 and look set for a home semi-final in the end of season French play-offs.
But rather than getting carried away with their chances of achieving a double done only once before, Cotter is taking a far more pragmatic approach ahead of Friday's clash with Montpellier.
"It's the question that everybody is currently asking me…'Can we win both the Heineken Cup and the Top 14 Championship?'" said Cotter.
"The squad we have allows us to share game time between the players and we can therefore manage the team to ensure we keep people fit.
"In Clermont everybody is a part of the squad - it's not just about 15 players. All the squad is competitive and we have a group of players with equal abilities. When some players aren't playing for three or four weeks it isn't easy but nobody complains and nobody gives up.
"But there is a very long way to go before we can really talk about winning the Heineken Cup and the Top 14."
Cotter was pleased with the spirit and commitment shown by his side in last week's win over Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finalists Stade Francais.
Victory saw Clermont move level with Toulouse at the top of the French table after the four-times Heineken Cup Champions were beaten 25-10 at Perpignan.
Cotter is now hoping for more of the same against fourth-placed Montpellier as Clermont look for another boost prior to facing Leinster.
"We knew that the Stade Francais game could be a trap," added Cotter.
"They came to the Stade Marcel Michelin looking for a result. They needed the points to move back into the top six but we faced up to them very well. We really showed our character.
"All the players met my expectations. Jason White was a terrific fighting leader against Stade Francais; Benoit Cabello scored his first try of the season and Loic Jacquet played a huge game. There is something strong happening in the squad.
"To validate our work during the season as a whole it would be good to finish top of the league before the play-offs. We have three games left and I hope we will finish in front of Toulouse."
A Heineken Cup and Top 14 double has only been achieved once before despite the fact that Toulouse have collected the continent's greatest prize on twice the number of occasions than any other side.
That momentous achievement came way back in 1996 when Toulouse saw off Cardiff in the inaugural Heineken Cup Final and beat Brive 20-13 in their domestic showpiece.
Toulouse have fallen just short in the Top 14 in the three other years they lifted the Heineken Cup, losing in the Championship semi-finals against Stade Francais in 2003 and Perpignan in 2010 and being beaten by Stade once more in the 2005 final.