At Roazhon Park.
How long had it been since Stade Rennais had played so badly? For a very long time. This Sunday, Bruno Genesio’s men delivered an abominable performance on their lawn, losing 2-0 to Reims, which had not won since March and a victory against Dijon. A few days before the reception of Tottenham, the poor performance has escaped no one. Neither to the public, who even whistled their players, nor to their coach, nor to their goalkeeper. In a press conference, Bruno Genesio and Romain Salin did not mince their words to describe the football porridge that Rennes served. Selected pieces.
“You can go, I have my bulletproof vest.” When he arrived in the press room, Romain Salin knew he would be on the grill. After the purge, the usual 37-year-old substitute goaltender did not disappoint. “We saw a team that lacked resilience. It was bland, without personality. We all saw in the 77th that the match was over. Look at the duels, it was the Rennes people who were on the ground. They stepped on us ”. Bruno Genesio, who arrived at the head of the team in March, did not hide either. Was it his worst game since his appointment? “Yes, the worst, by far”, summed up Pep Genesio after the meeting.
This club has no memory. And I’m talking about the leaders as much as the players. The supposed executives who reproduce the same mistakes and the management who understands nothing in the meaning of the words “leadership” and “depth of bench”. And here is our traditional fall crisis. #SRFC
— Soul Bass (@SoulBass23) September 12, 2021
By establishing Gaëtan Laborde and Martin Terrier in support of Serhou Guirassy, the red and black coach had taken a risk. He didn’t pay. “We didn’t see anything, defensively, offensively. We created very, very few opportunities. I am very ashamed of our audience. I know what a sacrifice it means for them to come to the stadium twice in a week. We have to digest this and from tomorrow we will settle it between us. We will come to the stadium to explain. Maybe I’m using the wrong words. We will have to treat this disease very quickly, ”admitted the coach. After taking out the checkbook during the summer transfer window, the Breton club has not managed to buy a game plan. After five Ligue 1 games and only five points taken, the Breton collective does not release anything. And it becomes worrying.
“I didn’t think we could go that low”
Monday’s usual rest day will turn into a big showdown after an international break where many players had left La Piverdière and a second consecutive defeat. “This week, I had a feeling. But I didn’t think we could go that low, ”admitted the former OL coach. Without hiding. “The first person in charge is me. We will find the solutions to display another face. And I’m not even talking about defeat, I’m talking about attitudes. We will display another face on Thursday, I promise you, ”said Genesio.
With a workforce still very young, Rennes worries about its lack of personality. But also by its absence of a collective scheme. “Everyone knows what to do,” says Romain Salin. “But I’m going to put my foot in it. Young people I will always protect them. But they have to let go. I tell them: “go ahead, take a bite! Ligue 1 has to be earned”. Youth is madness. We need to send this message to our young people. We have to find our DNA ”.
Stade Rennais and its XXL transfer window will have the opportunity to show it on Thursday for a very tough first meeting of the Europa Conference Conference against Tottenham. The English juggernaut, beaten 3-0 on Saturday, is already on the way to the Bretons. It will be a different caliber than the Stade de Reims, however formidable this Sunday, but which does not display the same arguments as the London team. ” An accident ? It could happen. We have already shown that we are capable of reacting. We will see our ability to react as of Thursday. That’s the best thing that could have happened to us, ”says Genesio.