Stade Rennais had every reason to head on Wednesday night. Beaten by Nantes 2-1 at La Beaujoire which presented the Coupe de France to its supporters, the Breton club did not manage to spoil the party of its neighbor. On the other hand, he may be spoiling his end of the season. During this 36th day of Ligue 1, all his competitors Monaco, Nice, Strasbourg and OM won and nibbled away at him. Last Friday, Rennes was 3rd in the championship and virtually qualified for the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League, Wednesday after the two late games, there they are in 5th place, three points behind ASM and two after Gym.
Suffice to say that the Rouge et Noir lost big against their historical rival, especially since they showed a rather worrying face, physically short, overwhelmed in the duels, less sharp in their intentions. “We can’t explain it. This goal before half-time, it hurts our heads. Afterwards, we have situations to lead and we take this goal… It’s very frustrating…”remarked hot Flavien Tait after the match. “I’m pissed because I’m late to the duel. I think it’s a very avoidable goal and that’s what puts them back in, just before half-time. So it sucks… Here, we come back with good intentions, we have the opportunities to put the second, we don’t put it, we doubt and then we take this volley… ”
The podium is complicated
This defeat means above all that a qualification in the Champions League is largely compromised after having shone for a large part of the season. “The podium is obviously going to be very complicated. We will try to get the six points to achieve our objectives. Tonight (Wednesday), it’s a disappointment because we didn’t play the game we needed. We are punished, we are disappointed, but not defeated. In this match, it’s very disappointing, but we’re going to hang on. (..) We were below everything. We have situations where we could have scored and we didn’t. We have the opportunity to lead in addition, but we lose our footing after this goal conceded just before half-time.bitterly regretted Florian Maurice in the face of the press.
The frustration is all the greater as the scenario is reminiscent of the defeats against Strasbourg and Monaco where each time, the Rennais faltered in the last quarter of an hour. “This match sums up a bit the difficulties we had in the seasonconfirmed Genesio. We create a lot of imbalances, we get into the box a lot, we create a lot of things, but we are far too fragile and we lack too much impact and aggressiveness to hope for better. The absence of Aguerd in central defense hurt while Alfred Gomis, back to competition after long weeks of injury is still not decisive. Against Nantes, he also conceded his 5th and 6th goals on the last 8 shots on target.
A difficult final schedule
The lack of efficiency is as much defensive as offensive (despite a status as the best attack in the championship with 78 achievements) like the only goal scored by Gaëtan Laborde in his last 9 games. The striker also missed a big opportunity on the hour mark against the Canaries, which, in retrospect, hurts a lot. This bad period comes at the worst of times, during the final sprint where Rennes receives OM on Saturday, which finally recovers its injured (Caleta-Car, Dieng, Gerson, Harit and Milik), before going to Lille. “To be cut out for the Champions League, you have to get results like we didn’t do tonight (Wednesday). I am very disappointed, but we will continue to believe in itassured Florian Maurice. There is a match in three days that will allow us to bounce back against a very good team and change everything that has not been.
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