Rennes – Marsilia (0-2): How the dynamics of both teams reversed at Roazhon Park

It was an evening of European fragrance, and for OM, his visit to Roazhon Park was able to remind him of his drowning in the pool of the Kuip Stadion in Feyenoord, in the first leg of the Europa Conference League ( 2. 3). OM played the game they didn’t have to face against a Rennes player who played the game they wanted.

Before the kick-off and after his disappointment in Nantes (1-2) still fresh in the heads, optimism was nevertheless rather on the Olympic side, second with three lengths ahead of the third (Monaco), when the The Britons indicated six points after reaching the derby. What to doubt, especially since Rennes was particularly poor against its five competitors for Europe (from Marseille to Lens), with only four points in nine games.

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But where Rennes reversed the trend on Saturday night at Roazhon Park, OM have suffered the same ills as during some of their recent disappointments. Sampaoli’s men had the ball more often (57% possession) than the locals, who were not used to leaving it to the visitors, but despite a few rare situations, the Phocians did not score a single shot.

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The “recurring evil” of the OM

In the second half, apart from an outburst from incoming Bamba Dieng, they even appeared absent, showing the worn-out face they had been shown in the return match against Feyenoord (0-0) and against Lyon (0 -). 3). On an evening like this, there is a lot of talk about the absence of Payet or a Milik nailed to the bench, but it would have been forgotten that this same team has already managed to get by without its two top men. OM, on the other hand, have all too often failed against teams at the top of the table. His last three defeats, before his disappointment in Brittany? Lyon (35th), PSG (32nd) and Monaco (27th).

Rennes shared this shortcoming, but this OM suited him. Their last setbacks at home (Monaco, Nice, Lille), Martin Terrier and consorts had conceded them in the face of wait-and-see opponents who had acted against them. This time, the Bretons took advantage of what Jorge Sampaoli called “badly recurring“.”When we fail to impose our game, it creates a kind of disorder that the opponent can take advantage ofhe analyzed it. When there are a lot of attackers projecting themselves, much like Feyenoord, we get all the more opportunities, and we haven’t been able to correct that during the season.“.

Rennes adapted to the style of the visitors, accepting that OM held the ball longer, and was much more reassuring defensively than usual, well helped by the return of Nayef Aguerd, the mainstay of his central defense, suspended during the last two meetings. “We put a block a little lowerGenesio explains. We defended well, we were aggressive in all areas of the field and we won most of the duels“.”In an almost conceded no opportunity, which is rare this seasonresumed goal scorer Martin Terrier, a decisive double passer on Saturday night. It shows that disappointments this season have made us think“.

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Le Rennes de Genesio resembles … l’OM de Bielsa

For this historic season (record of points and goals scored), Rennes, if it has flaws, has above all many virtues. “I am very proud of the face we showed, true to what we did 95% of the time, especially at home, with an atmosphere that helped us even more.“Congratulations Genesio. Tonight, Roazhon Park has vibrated again.”like a European Cup vibe“noted Benjamin Bourigeaud, who opened the scoring in the 14th minute. elsewhere offered a round of honor at the end of the meeting.

Despite this convincing success, which relaunched him in the Champions League race, however, Rennes is not assured of anything, as he can finish in sixth and second place as well. Moreover, arriving in Lille next Saturday, the Genesio men will remain in the memory of Rouge et Noir fans for the show offered. Today fourth with a champion goal average (+42), but twelve defeats on the counter, his case may be reminiscent of that of Nice by Lucien Favre, another machine to play well, three in 2016-2017 (12 defeats also and + 27), or even that of OM de Bielsa, fourth in 2014-2015 (+34 and 11 losses). By the proposed game orgy and the ability to produce dizzying movements, Rennes was more like El Loco’s Marseille, that of Sampaoli, more in control.

This OM of the one who was a faithful follower of El Loco in his early days could end, in the worst case, in the same place as that obtained by Bielsa. However, I am always destined between the main stages to qualify for the Ligue des champions, after a match “magnifying glassGuendouzi said. A victim of her recurring deficiencies, Marsilia also knows that she has a mental resource, that she knows how to bounce back, as she proved at several critical times of the season. And after all, if the dynamics reversed, OM remains ahead of Rennes.

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