The Stade Rennais players warming up on August 1, 2020. - Maxime Le Pihif / SIPA

This is a historic first for the Breton club. Rennes will be able to show the big clubs of Europe its football but also the famous sausage galette, an essential dish on match nights. On their sofa, Stade Rennais players saw a direct ticket for the Champions League group stage fall from the sky on Tuesday evening.

The third in Ligue 1

The planets are perfectly aligned for the Bretons, 3rd in Ligue 1, who theoretically had to pass two uncertain preliminary rounds in September. But according to UEFA regulations, the French club could be exempted from these uncertain confrontations by recovering the place reserved for the winner of the Europa League if the latter had already qualified. However, the four clubs still in contention in C3 - Inter Milan and Manchester United qualified on Monday evening, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk qualified on Tuesday evening, have already obtained their ticket in their national championship.

These four regulars of the final stages of European cups are therefore the delight of the Bretons, who will play from October 20 the prestigious and lucrative group stage of the C1, alongside PSG, Marseille, and possibly Lyon in case of improbable victory in the final of the Champions League at the end of August.

Here we are guys 😍🙏🏻💪🏻❤️🖤 @ ChampionsLeague #BravoATous # RêveDeGosse

- Benjamin Bourigeaud (@ BourigeaudB29) August 11, 2020

A "childhood dream"

" Champions League ! “, Launched on social networks Eduardo Camavinga, the nugget of 17 years that the press says actively courted by Real Madrid. "Here we are guys! », Jubilated Rennes midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud, evoking a« childhood dream ». The club for its part released a video showing a DJ launching the famous anthem of the competition at Roazhon Park, the Rennes stadium. For the Rennes coach, “this outcome should not be considered as qualifying at a discount. The players have earned it throughout the season ”.

If it is likely to attract big names in Brittany, the guarantee of six Champions League games in the fall could first help the club to keep its best elements, starting with Camavinga, who was shaping up to be a possible record transfer this summer but which the Rennes managers do not seem ready to give up for the moment. The end of the transfer window therefore promises to be lively for the club.


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