Rennes 0-2 Marseille: How the dynamics of the two teams were reversed at Roazhon Park

It was an evening with a European flavor, and for OM, their visit to an overwrought Roazhon Park may have reminded them of their drowning in Feyenoord’s Kuip Stadion dock in the Europa Conference League semi-final first leg (2-3). OM played the game they shouldn’t have against Rennes, who played the game they wanted.

Before kick-off and after his disappointment in Nantes (1-2) still fresh in people’s minds, optimism was, however, more on the Olympic side, second three lengths ahead of third (Monaco), while the Bretons were six points after their loss in the derby. Which is to be taken in doubt, especially as Rennes were particularly lackluster against their five European competitors (from Marseille to Lens), taking just four points from nine matches.

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

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OM’s “recurring evil”

In the second half, beyond a blowout from the incoming Bamba Dieng, they even seemed absent, showing the worn face that we had seen in the second leg against Feyenoord (0-0) and Lyon (0-3). On an evening like this, there is necessarily talk of the absence of Payet or of a Milik nailed to the bench, but it would be forgotten that this same team has already managed to do without its two strikers. OM, on the other hand, has failed far too often against teams cut to the top of the table. Your last three defeats, before your Breton disappointment? Lyon (day 35), PSG (day 32) and Monaco (day 27).

Rennes shared this shortcoming, but this OM suited them. Their last home losses (Monaco, Nice, Lille), Martin Terrier and others had conceded against wait-and-see opponents who had proceeded against them. This time the British took advantage of what Jorge Sampaoli described as “recurring evil“.”When we cannot impose our game, a kind of disorder is created that the opponent manages to take advantage of.analyzed. When many attackers are projected, a bit like Feyenoord, we suffer more and more chances, and we have not been able to correct that during the season“.

Rennes adapted to the visitors’ style, accepting that OM held the ball more, and defended much more than usual, helped by the return of Nayef Aguerd, the mainstay of their central defence, suspended in the last two games. “We put a block a little lowerGenesius explained. We defended well, we were aggressive in all areas of the field and we won most of the duels“.”We hardly conceded any chances, which is rare this season.took charge of the scorer Martín Terrier, a decisive double passer on Saturday night. It shows that the disappointments of this season have made us think“.

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Genesio’s Rennes looks like… Bielsa’s OM

For this historic season (record of points and goals scored), Rennes, if it has flaws, above all has many virtues. “I am very proud of the face we show, faithful to what we did 95% of the time, especially at home, with an environment that helped us again“, welcomed Genesio. Tonight, Roazhon Park, in fact, has still vibrated, “like a European Cup atmosphere“, pointed out Benjamin Bourigeaud, author of the first goal in the 14th minute. Behind the Marseille defense, the ex-Lensois got up to serenely resume a serve from Martin Terrier, the other man. Taking advantage of the prosperous season of Rouge et Noir, was perhaps his last match at Roazhon Park, and the attacking midfielder also took a victory lap late in the match.

Despite this resounding success, which revives them in the Champions League race, nothing is certain for Rennes, as they can either finish sixth or second. But no matter what happens in Lille next Saturday, Genesio’s men will remain in the memory of the red and blacks for the spectacle offered. Today fourth with an average of champion goals (+42), but twelve defeats on the clock, his case may remind that of Lucien Favre’s Nice, another machine for playing well, third in 2016-2017 (also 12 defeats and +27 ), or even that of OM Bielsa, fourth in 2014-2015 (+34 and 11 defeats). Due to the orgy of play that it offered and the ability to produce vertigo movements, Rennes also resembled El Loco’s Marseille more than Sampaoli’s, more controlled.

This OM of whom he was a faithful disciple of El Loco in his beginnings could end him, in the worst case, in the same place that Bielsa obtained. However, he still has the destiny of qualifying for the Champions League in his hands, after one game.”magnifying glass“, according to Guendouzi. Victim of his recurring shortcomings, Marseille also knows that he has mental resources, that he knows how to recover, as he has shown in several critical moments of the season. And after all, if the dynamic is reversed, The OM remains ahead of Rennes.

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