In Rennes, the game is worth the candle / C3 / Gr.B / Rennes-Dynamo Kyiv / SOFOOT.com

In recent weeks, Stade Rennes has found the right momentum, but without being able to fully convince over 90 minutes, offering a reference game this Thursday evening before hosting Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League. Inside the Breton club, since the resumption, everyone has repeated that we must forget last season’s spectacle, but this one seems to allow Bruno Genesio to impose some continuity on the Rennes game while waiting for more efficiency and automation between the elders and the new.

It would be wrong to say that time stood still in Strasbourg last Saturday around 60e After the first minute of the game it accelerated to enable the Rennais to create a joint masterpiece and to revive the good memories of the past season. A wing change by Flavien Tait, then a movement in a touch of the ball on the right side of the Alsatian surface. A supersonic double one-two, the first by Benjamin Bourigeaud with Arnaud Kalimuendo, the second by Amine Gouiri, at the end of the action in front of the empty cage with the former Lensois forward. “It shows that we’re having a lot of fun attacking today” , Bourigeaud smiled after the meeting. Outnumbered for an hour in Meinau, the Rouge et Noir were able to develop their game more easily, with several class sequences leading to dangerous situations for Racing. Could this be Stade Rennes’ exciting and spectacular return from the 2022-2023 vintage? In any case, it is not a copy-paste or a replacement, but a different version, just as ambitious in gameplay and very similar to the previous one, which should allow the Breton club to meet its sporting aspirations.

“We have to forget a bit what happened last season. We’re not going to make games by going 3-0 or 4-0, that’s not going to happen, or at least a lot less. » Florian Maurice, the technical director of the SRFC

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However, it is not easy to brush aside this historic last season, at least in terms of entertainment, which saw Bruno Genesio’s team finish with a 4e th place with a record number of goals (82 in league, 101 in all competitions), defeats galore but also twelve defeats in Ligue 1, reminding of the limits shown by the cheerful Breton band to get to the to climb the podium. Since serious things resumed, the coach, players and managers have insisted that this new adventure will be different and that it’s important not to expect the same fireworks from Rennes. “I think we stuck to our successes of last season.such as Genesio fired after the draw in Monaco in August. When we think we’ll renew that with less effort, we trip over the carpet. » Same warning after last month’s difficult game at Troyes: “We couldn’t digest all the nice compliments and praise. It’s sometimes difficult to repeat that kind of feat unless you’re humble. » After the brief success in Larnaca in the Europa League, technical director Florian Maurice asked him to do so “Forget what happened last season. We’re not going to make games by going 3-0 or 4-0, that’s not going to happen, or at least a lot less. » It happened once at the start of the season, welcoming Auxerre (5-0) in a meeting paradoxically far from being mastered by the Rennais.

“We needed games together, time to play as a team. The workforce has changed in key positions, this takes time, adapting to something new for the newcomers. » Bruno Genesius

… without actually turning it

Although Rennes was able to retain a large proportion of its senior management with the exception of Nayef Aguerd and Gaëtan Laborde, the workforce was overworked than expected, notably with a new hinge (Arthur Theate and Joe Rodon) in the absence of Warmed Omari (injured) ​​and a remodeled offensive sector around Terrier and Bourigeaud, who now have to find automatisms with Gouiri and Kalimuendo. After two months of competition, Genesio is still waiting for a first reference game with 90 constant minutes, but his team seems to be in good momentum now, as evidenced by the best performances of Lovro Majer and Flavien Tait, orphans of Baptiste Santamaria in the middle. Most notably, there is a certain philosophical continuity in the game sought by the Rouge et Noir, despite the recent return to prominence of 4-4-2, a system that allows his herd to use the distance to clear opposing blocks from the To bring balance to the new reputation of the Bretons aware. “It’s not just the system, we needed games together, team play timeGenesio explained at a press conference on the eve of Dynamo Kyiv’s arrival. The workforce has changed in key positions, this takes time, adapting to something new for the newcomers. »

The former OL coach doesn’t start from scratch and it shows in a Rennes game that certainly needs perfecting but is still just as energetic since the start of the season. On the other hand, as sixth in the table after nine days, Stade Rennes dominates all other clubs in sport, as we read on the Ligue 1 website last week: 1ah on kilometers covered (955 kilometers in total, 119.4 per game); 1ah among the players who sprint the most (1,280 high-speed runs, an average of 160 per game) ahead of Toulouse and Lens; 1ah in the area of ​​​​high intensity kilometers (91.1 kilometers, 11.4 per game). “We are building on the momentum of last year. We were the team that worked hardest last season.” , added Genesio. The evidence that Rennes is on the ground in turmoil hasn’t really gone away.

The Red-Blacks have only planted sixteen times in nine league games, but they are very high up in the various tables of more or less advanced statistics. Rennes is thus the team that concedes the fewest shots on target (23), as in 2021-2022 (97 vs 139 vs Paris). Across from the green rectangle, she is also second to shoot most (148), frame most (60) behind PSG and touch most balls in opponent’s territory (311). To go even further, the SRFC is also very close to the French champions in terms of successful passes forward (428, a number without passes of 40% of the field in defense), very far ahead of rivals such as Lille and Lyon. “I don’t understand why it should go away overnight” , neo-international Adrien Truffert recently replied to the Rennes game, which would be less exciting. Rennes remains a team built on making a difference together and through passes rather than dribbles, which may explain young Jérémy Doku and Kamaldeen Sulemana’s struggles to find their place beyond recurring injuries. The upcoming marathon to the World Cup (10 games in 38 days) and the receptions of Nantes and Lyon in Ligue 1 over the next ten days should confirm the improvement and offer new clues as to what the real face of Stade Rennes will be this season becomes .

By Clemens Gavard
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