• For four months, Stade Rennais had lost five big meetings against direct competitors in Ligue 1, as well as another major setback on Thursday at Leicester (2-0).

  • As in the first leg, OL perfectly suited the game plan of Bruno Genesio's men, who led by four goals at the start of the second half, before winning 2-4.

  • Solid 4th in the Ligue 1 standings, the Bretons can more than ever aim for a qualification in the Champions League during the last 10 days of the season.

At OL Park,

" What to say ?

Putting four goals here is still not nothing.

The prize for the most spontaneous reaction went to Flavien Tait, Sunday at Parc OL, after Rennes' (new) demonstration against unrecognizable Lyonnais (2-4).

Dominating the head and shoulders from the outset, Bruno Genesio's players took OL midfielders by the throat, to take a two-goal lead in the first quarter of an hour thanks to Benjamin Bourigeaud (0-1 , 11th) and Baptiste Santamaria (0-2, 13th).

A show of force, completed by two new goals from Lovro Majer (0-3, 45th + 1) and Martin Terrier (0-4, 49th), as the Bretons had not achieved against a team from the Top 10 of Ligue 1 since… the first leg (4-1) at Roazhon Park on November 7.

It's hard to believe in the thesis of chance, especially given the resentment that surrounded the departure from OL of Bruno Genesio in 2019 and then of the current Rennes sports director Florian Maurice a year later.

“We wanted to show that we could still win against the big guys”

A “wink success for the coach”, as summarized by Baptiste Santamaria, symbol of the mastery of a workforce yet frustrated by its European trip to Leicester (2-0) three days earlier.

“We continue to attack, to go shopping, to go to the dry cleaners, it's great, lists Flavien Tait.

And in addition, we were more killers than in Leicester and we are more mature in our weak times, more solid and united.

We wanted to show that we could still win against the big guys, because that hadn't been the case for a period.


A period of four months therefore after the


version 1 against Peter Bosz's OL, which was followed by defeats against Losc, Nice and Monaco in December (1-2 each time), then at Lens (1- 0) in January and in Paris in February (1-0).

A list to which can be added the setback to Leicester on Thursday in the Europa League Conference.

Faced with Lyonnais who did not target the slightest shot in the game (goal against his camp by Hamari Traoré and penalty by Moussa Dembélé), Stade Rennais held their reference match of the return phase.

“If we can dream of better, we will not deprive ourselves of it”

“We also won 2-4 in Montpellier, we had a lot of good away games, nuance Bruno Genesio.

Afterwards, sometimes we were not paid like in Paris (1-0).

Even against Lille and Monaco at home, we had made good matches without being rewarded.

» By atomizing OL despite the relaxation of the last half hour (from 0-4 to 2-4), the Rennais are this time doubly rewarded, since they sit their fourth place in the league, thanks to this fourth success of rank, while dropping a direct competitor like Lyon to 8 points.

This is why the Breton club, the second best attack with at least 4 goals scored in 7 Ligue 1 matches this season, "does not forbid anything".

Except talking openly about the quest for the podium, when an OM-Nice clash on Sunday could clearly benefit them.

"It's still a bit early to talk about the Champions League," smiles Jonas Martin.

Bruno Genesio sets the course for his group's state of mind for the final sprint.

Our objective was set at the start of the season: to qualify for the European Cup for the 5th consecutive year, which would already be a great step forward for Stade Rennais.

Afterwards, if 3 or 4 games from the end, we are still well positioned and we can dream of better, we will not deprive ourselves of it.

I think it would be a big mistake to think about that today.

We have to keep this freshness of wanting to play our game.

There are already matches where it was a spectacle

And apart from the Lyon supporters, all of football in France must have feasted on Sunday seeing the collective ambition released by this group, where each offensive player seems satisfied to make his colleague shine, like the altruist Gaëtan Laborde.

And we were very far from the scarcity in front of the goal observed in Leicester.

“There have already been matches where it has been a spectacle, so for me our efficiency in front of goal was not a concern, confides Nayef Aguerd.

I am very proud of the group.

It shows that we have a background in the game and that we can hurt any team.



🔜 Next meeting Thursday at Roazhon Park in #UECL!

𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐥𝐞, 𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐞𝐮𝐭 𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐞 🤜🤛 pic.twitter.com/h1Dobov

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It is not Peter Bosz, doubly tarted by Rennes in turns that will count by the end of May, who will consider saying the opposite.

As this refreshing team would almost manage to


 the cliché "we will take the matches one after the other", we can't wait to see them try to snatch European qualification, Thursday against Leicester, despite two goals behind.

Nayef Aguerd hopes for "a fantastic and unforgettable evening".

“In any case, we will give all Thursday to make the supporters, the club and the city proud,” adds Flavien Tait.

Big game fishing is officially reopened in Brittany.


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