- Beaten in the Champions League this Wednesday evening on the Krasnodar field, the Rennes people said goodbye to Europe.
- It was a defensive mistake by their captain Damien Da Silva who buried their last hopes of the Europa League.
- In lack of success for two months, the Breton attack was still difficult to see.
Already eliminated from the Champions League, Stade Rennais could still hope to experience a European spring with the Europa League. It will not be and it is deserved so much the Rennes were not at the level this Wednesday evening on the ground of Krasnodar. Beaten by the Russians (1-0) in the “small final” of Group E, the Bretons come out through the back door while their opponent was yet largely within their reach.
Captain Da Silva weighs down his team
Something has really been wrong for two months at Stade Rennais, entangled in a dirty series (a victory in 12 games). The fault of course with a too feverish defense which concedes too many goals and no longer achieved clean-sheet since September 26. It was this time Damien Da Silva who buried his team in the second half. On a long Russian ball, the Rennes captain was literally eaten by the Swedish striker Marcus Berg who deceived Romain Salin with a very finesse exterior (71st).
A team simply not at the level
It would be hard to blame Damien Da Silva for the defeat in Rennes alone. Because we are not going to lie, the Rennes simply did not exist Wednesday night in Russia with the exception of young Adrien Truffert and goalkeeper Romain Salin who had saved the furniture in the first half on a strike from Berg.
Top: Truffert, Nyamsi and Salin more reassuring than Gomis
Flop: Nzonzi the experienced and the rest of the squad including Camavinga
– Mathieu Guillon (@guillon_m) December 2, 2020
Too weak technically and too messy in the game, the Rennais delivered a tasteless performance (one more), like Eduardo Camavinga, completely out of the game for several matches. Before the meeting, Julien Stéphan had nevertheless affirmed that his players would be “invested with a mission”. Defender Hamari Traoré told him he was ready to “go to the front”. Words that have really not been followed up on the ground.
Stade Rennais can no longer score
In addition to its defensive mistakes, Stade Rennais is also difficult to see in attack. Deprived of his striker Guirassy, out until the end of the season, the Breton club nevertheless created a few opportunities on Wednesday night. But as often, they still sinned by lack of realism like these too soaring strikes of Hunou (15th) or Léa-Siliki (57th).