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

In recent weeks, Stade Rennes has found the right dynamic, still failing to fully convince in the 90 minutes by offering a benchmark game before hosting Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League this Thursday night. Inside the Breton club, everyone has been repeating since the resumption that the spectacle of last season must be forgotten, but this seems to allow Bruno Genesio to impose a certain continuity on Rennes’ game, waiting for more efficiency and automation between the old. and the new

It would be a mistake to write that time stopped last Saturday, in Strasbourg, around 60me minute of play, it was sped up enough to allow Rennais to pull off a collective masterpiece and rekindle good memories of last season. A change of flank by Flavien Tait, then a move into a touch of the ball on the right side of the Alsatian surface. A supersonic double double, the first piloted by Benjamin Bourigeaud with Arnaud Kalimuendo, the second launched by Amine Gouiri, at the end of the action in front of an empty goal, with the former Lensois striker. “It shows that today we are having a lot of fun offensively” smiled Bourigeaud after the meeting. Outnumbered for an hour at Meinau, the Rouge et Noir were able to develop their game more easily, with several class sequences leading to dangerous situations for Racing. Will this be the exciting and spectacular return of Stade Rennes from the 2022-2023 season? In any case, it is not a copy-paste or an ersatz, but another version, just as ambitious in terms of play and very similar to the previous one, which should allow the Breton club to satisfy its sporting claims.

“We have to forget a little about what happened last season. We are not going to make games putting 3-0 or 4-0, that is not going to happen, much less in any case. » Florian Maurice, SRFC Technical Director

Turn the page…

However, it is not easy to put aside this historic last season, at least in terms of entertainment, at the end of which Bruno Genesio’s team hung a 4me place with a record for goals (82 in the league, 101 in all competitions), beatings galore, but also twelve defeats in Ligue 1 that recall the limits displayed by the cheerful Breton gang to climb to the podium. Since the resumption of serious things, the coach, the players and the directors have insisted that this new adventure will be different, and that it is essential not to expect the same fireworks from Rennes. “I think we kept to our achievements from last season.for example, he released Genesio after the Monaco draw in August. When we think we’re going to renovate this with less effort, we hit the rug. » The same warning after the difficult game in Troyes last month: “We do not digest all the beautiful compliments and praise. Sometimes it is difficult to repeat this kind of performance if you are not humble. » After the brief success in Larnaca in the Europa League, manager Florian Maurice asked him to “Forget what happened last season. We are not going to make games putting 3-0 or 4-0, that is not going to happen, much less in any case. » It happened once at the beginning of the season during the reception of Auxerre (5-0) in a match paradoxically far from being dominated by Rennais.

“We needed games together, time to play as a team. The squad has undergone changes in key positions, it takes time to adapt to somewhat new things for those who have just arrived. » bruno genesio

… without actually turning it

If Rennes has been able to keep a large part of its executives, with the exception of Nayef Aguerd and Gaëtan Laborde, the squad has been reconditioned more than expected, with a new hinge in particular (Arthur Theate and Joe Rodon) in the absence by Warmed Omari. (injured) and an offensive sector rebuilt around Terrier and Bourigeaud, who must now find automatisms with Gouiri and Kalimuendo. After two months of competition, Genesio is still waiting for a benchmark first match with a constant 90 minutes, but his team now seems to be in a good dynamic, as shown by the better performances of Lovro Majer and Flavien Tait, Baptiste Santamaria’s orphans in the middle . Above all, there is a certain philosophical continuity in the game that the Rouge et Noir are seeking, despite the recent return to the fore of 4-4-2, a system that allows their herd to use width to unbalance inferior opposing blocks, because aware of the new reputation of the Bretons. “It’s not just the system, we needed games together, team game time.Genesio explained at a press conference on the eve of the arrival of Dynamo Kyiv. The squad has undergone changes in key positions, it takes time to adapt to somewhat new things for those who have just arrived. »

The former OL manager isn’t starting from scratch, and it shows in a Rennes game that certainly needs honing, but remains just as spirited since the start of the season. Sixth in the standings after nine days, Stade Rennes, on the other hand, dominate all other clubs in terms of sporting performance, as we read on the Ligue 1 website last week: 1Ahem on the kilometers traveled (955 kilometers in total, 119.4 per match); 1Ahem among the players who sprint the most (1,280 high-speed runs, 160 per game on average) ahead of Toulouse and Lens; 1Ahem in the zone of high intensity kilometers (91.1 kilometers, 11.4 per game). “We are building on the momentum from last year. We were already the team that put in the most high-intensity efforts last season.” Genesius added. The proof that Rennes is in crisis on the ground has not really disappeared.

The red and black have only been planted sixteen times in nine league games, but they are very high in the various statistical tables more or less advanced. Rennes is thus the team that concedes the fewest shots on goal (23) as in 2021-2022 (97 against 139 against Paris). In front of the green rectangle, she is also the second to shoot more (148), to frame more (60) behind PSG and to touch more balls in the opposite area (311). To go further, SRFC are also very close to the French champions in terms of successful forward passes (428, a figure that excludes 40% passes from the pitch in defence) well ahead of the likes of Lille and Lyon. “I don’t see why it would disappear overnight” , the neo-international Adrien Truffert recently responded about the Rennes match that would be less exciting. Rennes remains a team built to make a difference collectively and through passing rather than dribbling, which may explain the difficulties youngsters Jérémy Doku and Kamaldeen Sulemana find their place beyond recurring injuries. The marathon to come until the World Cup (10 matches in 38 days) and the receptions of Nantes and Lyon in Ligue 1 in the next ten days should confirm the improvement and give new indications about what the true face of Stade Rennes will be this season.

By Clement Gavard
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