As usual, in recent days, Bruno Genesio, the coach of Rennes, 5th in Ligue 1, displayed his ambitions at a press conference.
On the eve of meeting OM in the league, in a decisive match for qualification for the next edition of the Champions League, the Stade Rennes coach said he wanted “put pressure” at the Marseille club, at home, this Saturday: “How do we approach the game against Marseille? With the aim of scoring points in the race for Europe and getting closer to Marseille, putting pressure on them. Because what happened to us on Wednesday can also happen to our direct competitors over the last two days. Now we are up against a very good team, performing well away from home. We will have to be able to put on an exceptional match as we have already done at home, against Paris (2-0, October 3) or Lyon (4-1, November 7). I believe in us. The Marseillais made a very good impression on me in Lorient, but I know that we have the weapons to beat them.
In the fight with AS Monaco (3rd, 65 pts) and Nice (4th, 63 pts) for the podium, Rennes, 62 units, must take points against OM, the solid 2nd in Ligue 1, which is 6 points ahead of the Breton formation. But, beaten 2-1 by FC Nantes this Wednesday, in a match that Bruno Genesio “analyzed, not to flog himself, but to improve with a view to Marseille”, Rennes began to doubt, two days before the end of the championship. The second best attack in Ligue 1 (78 goals, behind PSG, 81), will face LOSC (10th), in Lille, on the last day of the championship. Two last meetings not to be missed, therefore, under penalty of seeing the Champions League, or even the Europa League, move away, while Rennes is currently qualified for the Europa League Conference with its 5th place. In the event of a poor performance, the Bretons can even worry about Strasbourg (6th), which is 2 points away, or even Lens (7th), which is four units away.