After Nantes – Rennes, Stade Rennais was scuttled: “We have no right”

It’s a missed opportunity. And even more than that. Stade Rennais may have let its Champions League dreams slip away on Wednesday. On the lawn of its neighbor, the Breton club tripped over the carpet to bow to Nantes (2-1). Nice, which won a few hours before against Saint-Etienne (4-2), therefore passed it and the red and black club found themselves fifth in L1, three points from the podium and six from OM (2nd) . The catastrophic evening to sum up. “This loss hurts me. I wanted us to win this derby. And let’s keep dreaming. And tonight, we did nothing. I blame my group and I blame myself too”, summed up Hamari Traoré, the Breton captain on Canal +.

Rennes can indeed harbor regrets. Because if Nantes surfed on the euphoria of its victory in the Coupe de France, it was Stade Rennais who thwarted. Flavien Tait had however opened the scoring (0-1, 31st). But then, Lovro Majer’s teammates were unrecognizable, displaying a certain feverishness behind and a culpable lack of success on the other side of the field like a Gaëtan Laborde still down. Above all, they lacked impact and desire in the duels when they put their foot on the ball (70% possession). “Perhaps the team still lacks character, maturity. It is necessary to have more serenity in the weak times, when one is a little jostled (…)”, notes Bruno Génésio.

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For the Bretons, however, it is not a question of pressure linked to the stakes at the end of the season. But good attitude. “Pressure ? That’s not how I feel. We managed to open the scoring so that should have put us in the best conditions. But we got ourselves in troublestill regrets the Rennes coach on the encrypted channel. There were some good things with the ball in the first half. Without the ball on the other hand, we showed a lot of insufficiency. We were dominated in the state of mind, in the desire, in the enthusiasm (…). We got confused. Football is played with the ball but also and above all by recovering the ball well.

Clearly, the formation of Ille-et-Vilaine did not know how to put the ingredients required to seek success in a derby. And in a crucial match for the final sprint. “After our goal, we get lost, still gets annoyed Traoré. We lost the duels, we don’t win the second balls. We are not here. (…) We have not shown our true face. On what we did tonight, we do not deserve to be on the podium. Besides, it’s a derby. We do not have the right. (…) On what we did tonight, it’s not enough to be third, we don’t deserve to be on the podium“.

Dejected when they had to respond to stay in the race for second place and thus put pressure on OM, the Rennais will now have to digest this Nantes failure. Because if the direct qualification for the Champions League surely took off this Wednesday, the C1 remains possible. Even if the mission was seriously complicated in a missed evening. “Nothing is over warns Genesio. There are two games and six points left to take. It’s a weird championship. It’s a non-match but we also had a lot of good matches. We have to show another face against Marseille. We have two days to put our heads together in order to play OM at 100% of our possibilities. And win this match to hope“.

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