Third last season, the Rennais Stadium was able to taste the gulf that separates Ligue 1 from the Champions League. We too, by the way. However, the Bretons remain one of the big teams in our championship. They were already last season and have gone up a notch again this summer, with very large expenses during the transfer window, much heavier than ours, for example. Indeed, when OM paid 12 M € to attract Luis Henrique and definitively engage Alvaro Gonzalez (+ 1 M € for the paying loan of Balerdi), the Stade Rennais did not hesitate to slam 26 million for the Belgian crack Jérémy Doku , 15 for Sehrou Guirassy, 12 for Martin Terrier, 10 for Alfred Gomis and 4 for Nayef Aguerd. To this must also be added € 4 million in paying loans for Dalbert and Daniele Rugani, a total of € 71 million released by shareholder François Pinault. What to display big ambitions, and in particular that of battling with OM for a new podium.
Julien Stéphan’s men come out of two nightmarish months in Ligue 1 with two small victories in their last nine games
This is the main stake for the Olympians: to move further away from the Bretons who have already planted a lot of thorns in their side lately. Indeed, not to mention their painful journey in C1, Julien Stéphan’s men come out of two nightmarish months in Ligue 1 with two small victories in their last nine matches (3 draws, 4 defeats). In addition, most of these points lost were at home with, in particular, pitiful defeats against Angers (1-2), Bordeaux (0-1) or even Lens (0-2) ten years ago. days. Fortunately for them, the series ended last weekend in Nice with a 1-0 victory, but the ranking hurts with a slip to 8th place and 5 points behind an OM which has two games in less. Needless to say, a bad move played by the Olympians tonight would keep them permanently away from the fight for a new qualifier in the Champions League, and thus allow OM to clean up the contenders.
With a victory at Roahzon Park, André Villas-Boas would invite himself to the table of a certain Didier Deschamps
An OM which takes place in Ligue 1 match after match. The struggles at the start of the season seem to be behind us, and today we are poking ourselves into dreaming of a seventh success in a row, marking André Villas-Boas’ leg even more on the club. Indeed, with a victory at Roahzon Park, the Portuguese would invite himself to the table of a Didier Deschamps with a pass of seven and place him a small unit from the top occupied by the duo Courbis-Bielsa (8 wins in a row ). It would obviously be even better in terms of classification, with the opportunity to put even more pressure on the trio PSG-Lyon-Lille. This OM is largely capable of it, he who has the best course outside with five wins and a draw (16 pts, ahead of PSG and Lyon, 15 pts). This is why the OM of Villas-Boas is not just the hit of the end of the year. He is a real competitor for the top of the summit, hence the importance of negotiating the Rennes stage with this double challenge.