There will be no "semi-final" pool in Glasgow for Rennes on November 28, and the 2,500 Breton fans who booked the trip to Scottish soil will see a match for butter, which is expensive. And no more final, obviously, against Lazio Rome on December 12, in a group E who sees the smallest budget, Cluj, on the verge of qualification and the fourth in Serie A on the verge of elimination.
Celtic Odsonne Edward, he has managed until now almost no fault, and the adventure was stopped Thursday night for Rennes, which has so far scored one point out of twelve. "It's not a negative balance for me"said surprisingly Olivier Letang, the president of the Breton club. Rennes did not score a goal in Cluj in 180 minutes, and if it was sealed by the early expulsion of Mendy at Roazhon Park (0-1, on October 24), he missed realism in Romania ( 0-1), Thursday night, to translate to the score a string of opportunities and fold the match at the break.
We have known the less conciliatory leader, who is so attached to the notion of permanent requirement. Because this course is still a small disaster, even if Rennes came out once chickens, in its history, last year, and that repeat a unique performance is much more difficult. Especially when recruitment is not successful. This explains why Letang is perhaps embarrassed to the entournures since it bears his signature.
Recruits did not have the expected return
Rennes has changed too much to be successful on the first deadlines of the Europa League, and its recruits have not yet had the expected or expected performance. This summer, Rennes sold for about 60 M € with the departures of Sarr (35 M €), Koubek (7), Bensebaini (10) and Andre (8). And spent more than 50 M € for Raphinha (20 M €), Tait (10), Niang (15, final transfer after a loan), Édouard Mendy (4) and Jonas Martin (4). A significant investment that may be rewarded over time but that has not translated into an immediate effect, for reasons of adaptation, regularity or because of injury.
Raphinha, if he is in progress, has still not been decisive in ten matches under the Rennes jersey. Tait, who started the championship with an expulsion synonymous with three games of suspension, was stopped by a hamstring injury on 19 October. His season has not really started. Martin (quadriceps) will return after the truce in November. Mendy, who had started well, also suffered a knee injury in mid-October and the poorly controlled exit of Koubek's successor at the beginning of the match against Cluj, synonymous with deportation, complicated the Rennes task.
Arrived free, Morel bit well in the beginning of season before losing in insurance. As for Gnagnon, loaned by Sevilla FC, he won his place in defense at four without being at his level of spring 2018. And Tait, Martin, Mendy, Raphinha and Gnagnon arrived with little or no European experience . Rennes rose in spirit against Toulouse (3-2, October 27) and in the game in Cluj on Thursday night. Not enough to pass this time in Europa League, with reinforcements weight too light.