Stade Rennais will not relive a European adventure similar to that experienced last season. Eliminated from the fourth day of the group stage of Europa League, it is a stop for the club, constantly animated in recent months by the light of major European meetings. The national deadlines, which are the championship and the cups, will keep him awake.
Eliminated prematurely from the Europa League, from the fourth day of the group stage, the Stade Rennais now has only the national stage to shine. And after taking the Red and Black people to Seville and then to London, respectively in the 16th and 8th finals of the same European event last season, the SRFC will have to live without the European Cup. "Beyond the match in Cluj (defeat 1-0 on Thursday night), there is a course and performances that have not been sufficient, regret Julien Stephan, the Rennes coach. It's a disappointment because we fought to get this European Cup via our route in the Coupe de France. It was an honor to play it but we were not able to proudly represent the country. In these moments, we also represent France but especially our supporters and those who follow the club. We disappointed them, we are aware of it. "
For Benjamin Bourigeaud and Damien Da Silva, at the end of the match in Cluj on Thursday night, there was talk "to come back next year" but the SRFC will have to do this on its territory. Either through the championship, which we know very tight and homogeneous, or through the national cups, in this case the Coupe de la Ligue or the Coupe de France, which he is the title holder and who last April he was able to resign for the European Cup.
"The season is not over, far from it"
But there will be a vacuum to fill, by then. And Julien Stephan is aware of it. At the question, "On which goals will you now project the players?", the Breton trainer answers: "It is necessary first progress. I think about moving the team forward and they need it, especially in terms of maturity, efficiency or stalling. My job, my goal and the talk I'm going to make to the players is this one. To return quickly to work, to have the will to improve, to progress and, above all, to develop a spirit of competition even more important than that which one displays. We must be able to have an intensity greater than what we have produced. There is progress but we must go even further in the process and especially not be satisfied with that (…) The season is not over, far from it. In such a homogeneous championship, do not miss the stages that are coming. Amiens is one of them. "
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