“More mature and more killer”, Rennes hits a major for the first time in four months

In the OL Park,

“What to say? It’s still not easy to score four goals here. The prize for the most spontaneous reaction went to Flavien Tait, Sunday in Parc OL, after the (new) demonstration of Rennes against the unrecognizable Lyonnais (2-4). Bruno Genesio’s players dominated head and shoulders from the start, grabbing OL’s midfielders by the throat, to take a two-goal lead in the first quarter thanks to Benjamin Bourigeaud (0-1, 11th) and Baptiste Santamaria (0 – 2, 13th).

A show of power, completed by two new goals from Lovro Majer (0-3, 45th + 1) and Martin Terrier (0-4, 49th), such as the Bretons had not achieved against a top 10 team in Ligue 1 since … the first leg (4-1) in Roazhon Park on November 7. It’s hard to believe the statement of coincidence, especially given the resentment surrounding OL’s departure from Bruno Genesio in 2019 and then current Rennes sporting director Florian Maurice a year later.

“We wanted to show that we could still beat the big boys”

A “wink to the coach”, as summarized by Baptiste Santamaria, symbolizing the mastery of a workforce but frustrated by his European trip to Leicester (2-0) three days earlier. “We keep attacking, running errands, going to the dry cleaners, it’s great,” Flavien Tait sums up. And besides, we were more killers than in Leicester and we are more mature in our weak times, more solid and united. We wanted to show that we could still beat the big boys, because that hadn’t been the case for a while. †

So a period of four months after the master class version 1 against OL by Peter Bosz, followed by defeats to Losc, Nice and Monaco in December (1-2 each time), then at Lens (1-0) in January and in Paris in February (1-0). A list to which Leicester’s setback on Thursday in the Europa League Conference can be added. Confronted with Lyonnais failing to fire the least shot in the game (goal against his side by Hamari Traoré and penalty by Moussa Dembélé), Stade Rennais kept their reference match of the return leg.

Jonas Martin put a lot of pressure on Lyon’s midfielders and forwards on Sunday, such as Moussa Dembele here. – Laurent Cipriani/AP/SIPA

“If we can dream of better, we won’t keep it from ourselves”

“We also won 2-4 in Montpellier, we had many good away games, explains Bruno Genesio. After that we were sometimes not paid like in Paris (1-0). Even against Lille and Monaco at home we had made good matches without being rewarded. » By spraying OL despite the easing of the last half hour (from 0-4 to 2-4), the Rennais are this time rewarded double, as thanks to this fourth success of the ranking they occupy fourth place in the league, while a direct competitor like Lyon dropped on 8 points.

This is why the Breton club, the second best attacker with at least 4 goals in 7 Ligue 1 matches this season, is “banning nothing”. Other than talking openly about the quest for the podium, when an OM-Nice clash on Sunday could clearly benefit them. “It’s still a bit early to talk about the Champions League,” Jonas Martin laughs. Bruno Genesio sets course for the mood of his group for the final sprint.

At the start of the season, our goal was set: to qualify for the European Cup for the 5th year in a row and that would already be a big step forward for Stade Rennais. After that, when we’re 3 or 4 games from the end, we’re still well positioned and can dream of better, we won’t hold ourselves back. I think it would be a big mistake to think about that today. We have to keep this freshness to want to play our game.

There are already matches where it was a spectacle

And Lyon supporters aside, all football in France must have reveled on Sunday when they saw the collective ambition of this group unleashed, where every attacking player seems content to let his colleague shine, like the altruist Gaetan Laborde. And we were very far from the scarcity for purpose that was observed in Leicester. “There have already been matches where it was a spectacle, so for me our efficiency in front of goal was not a problem,” confides Nayef Aguerd. I am very proud of the group. It shows that we have a background in the game and that we can hurt any team. †

It is not Peter Bosz, who will count double defied by Rennes by the end of May, who will consider saying the opposite. How this refreshing team would almost succeed funky The cliché “we’ll play the games one at a time”, we can’t wait to see her try to secure European qualifiers against Leicester on Thursday, despite being two goals down. Nayef Aguerd hopes for “a fantastic and unforgettable evening”. “In any case, we will give all Thursday to make the supporters, the club and the city proud,” adds Flavien Tait. Big game fishing has officially reopened in Brittany.