• Stade Rennais won 2-0 on Sunday against Angers and secured their fourth place thanks to their third consecutive victory.

  • The entry of Jérémy Doku in the second half dynamited the Angevin defense and allowed the Belgian winger to offer a caviar to Gaëtan Laborde.

  • Long injured, the Belgian winger will be an indispensable element for Stade Rennais, especially against the English of Leicester in the European Cup.

Bruno Genesio was slow to bring him in, probably for fear of upsetting his eleven rather well in place.

While Stade Rennais purred in the second half and led in the score, the coach ended up bringing in his nugget.

Wearing his number 11 in the back, Jérémy Doku blasted a second act a bit boring when he entered 72nd in place of Serhou Guirassy.

Long injured, the Belgian winger woke up an audience who had grown accustomed to seeing four goals and seemed amorphous in front of the spectacle offered by the Rennais and the Angevins.

While leading from the 34th and a volley from Benjamin Bourigeaud, the Genesio players had failed to make the break and remained at the mercy of a return from Angers SCO.

It was until the entry of Super Doku and his decisive pass which sealed the match (2-0).

He was surrounded.

In the middle of three Angevins, he was able to get out of it to attack full axis and open a boulevard in a Roazhon Park which was roaring again.

This first action did not bring a goal but it reminds Rennes supporters why their shareholder had dropped 26 million euros to buy the Belgian player.

A few moments later, the Stade Rennais winger dropped the Angers defense to offer a low cross missed by Adrien Truffert but not by Gaëtan Laborde.

An offering converted by the Rennes striker, who took the opportunity to plant his 14th goal of the season and complete a third consecutive victory synonymous with fourth place.

"It allows us to go up, to breathe too"

In a second period when Rennes were playing less well, Doku's contribution was undeniable.

“The health of a group is measured by the players who don't start the game.

Adri [Truffert] came back very well too, ”welcomed Bruno Genesio, without wanting to expand.

Baptiste Santamaria was more talkative.

“At that time, we were in a light breeze.

By his power, by his commitment in one against one, he manages to push back the defensive lines.

It allows us to go up, it allows us to breathe too.

His entry did us a lot of good.

He was rewarded with his decisive pass, ”analyzed the midfielder after the meeting.

Caramel de Doku, Laborde at the conclusion.


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Summoned to a pre-match press conference, Jérémy Doku admitted having gone through difficult periods during his various injuries, which kept him away from the field for too long and too often.

“To avoid this, sometimes you have to change some habits.

For example sleeping earlier or eating differently.

Trying to change everything to put the odds on my side.

Maybe I wasn't paying as much attention as I am now.

I questioned myself.

I wondered what I could do to avoid all this.

Getting injured once OK, but from three times you ask yourself questions, ”he said as reported by the Stade Rennais Online site.

This Sunday, we felt that the winger was avoiding unnecessary contact, to focus on the most exploitable balls.

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In the ranks of Rennes supporters, many feared having recruited a talented but too fragile player, like Yoann Gourcuff in the past.

Explosive, energetic, Jérémy Doku is like that.

When he takes the ball, the Belgian is able to go everywhere, sometimes at the risk of finding himself alone because he is so fast.

Behind him, his side Adrien Truffert ran.

" He runs fast.

He has qualities, he goes so fast.

Next Thursday against Leicester in the Europa League Conference, the Belgian winger may not start.

But it will come into play no matter the score.

Bruno Genesio relies too much on him to burst defenses when the sides have worn out legs.

They are warned.

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