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

It was an evening with a European flavor and for the OMs the visit to an overexcited Roazhon Park may have reminded them of drowning in the tub of the Kuip Stadion of Feyenoord, in the first leg of the semifinal of the Europa Conference League (2-3). OM played the match they shouldn’t have played against Rennes who played the match they wanted.

Before kick-off and after the disappointment for Nantes (1-2) still fresh in people’s minds, the optimism was still more on the part of the Olympians, second three points behind third (Monaco), while the Bretons were at six points from their falling in the derby. What to take with the doubt, especially as Rennes have been particularly poor against their five contenders for Europe (Marseille to Lens), with just four points taken from nine games.

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

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OM’s “recurring evil”

In the second half, apart from a barrage of Bamba Dieng coming in, they even seemed absent, showing the worn face we had seen in the return match against Feyenoord (0-0) and against Lyon (0-3). On an evening like this one necessarily speaks of the absence of Payet or of a Milik nailed to the bench, but one would forget that this same team has already managed to get by without its two top men. OM, on the other hand, has far too often failed against teams cut off for the top positions. The last three defeats, before the Breton disappointment? Lyon (matchday 35), PSG (matchday 32) and Monaco (matchday 27).

Rennes shared this lack, but this OM suited him well. Their last home defeats (Monaco, Nice, Lille), Martin Terrier and others had suffered against wait-and-see opponents who had preceded them. This time the British took advantage of what Jorge Sampaoli called “recurring evil“.”When we cannot impose our game, a kind of disorder is created which the opponent is able to take advantage of.he analyzed. When many strikers project themselves, a bit like Feyenoord, we suffer more and more chances and we have not been able to correct it during the season“.

Rennes adapted to the style of the visitors, accepting that OM held the ball more, and it was much more reassuring on defense than usual, helped by the return of Nayef Aguerd, pillar of their central defensive, suspended in the last two dating. “We put a block a little lowerGenesio explained. We defended well, we were aggressive in all areas of the pitch and we won most of the duels“.”We hardly conceded any chances, which is rare this seasonhe took the place of goalscorer Martin Terrier, a decisive double passer on Saturday night. It shows that the disappointments of this season have made us reflect“.

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Rennes de Genesio looks like … OM de Bielsa

For this historic season (record of points and goals scored), Rennes, if they have defects, above all have many advantages. “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 still helped us“, has welcomed Genesio. Tonight, Roazhon Park has, in fact, still vibrated,”like a European Cup atmosphere“, observed Benjamin Bourigeaud, author of the opening in the 14th minute. Behind the defense of Marseille, the ex-Lensois got up to resume with great serenity a service from Martin Terrier, the other man Building on the prosperous season of Rouge et Noir, it was perhaps his last game at Roazhon Park, and the attacking midfielder also gave himself a victory lap at the end of the game.

Despite this convincing success, which revives him in the race for the Champions League, Rennes are not certain of anything, given that they can finish in both sixth and second place. But whatever happens in Lille next Saturday, the men of Genesio will remain in the memory of the Rossoneri fans for the spectacle offered. Today fourth with an average goal as a champion (+42), but twelve defeats on the clock, his case can recall that of Lucien Favre’s Nice, another machine to play well, third in 2016-2017 (12 defeats also and +27) , or even that of OM Bielsa, fourth in 2014-2015 (+34 and 11 defeats). For the orgy of play offered and the ability to produce dizzying movements, the Rennes also resembled the Marseille of El Loco more than that of Sampaoli, more in control.

This OM of someone who was a faithful disciple of El Loco in his early days could finish him, at worst, in the same place as that obtained by Bielsa. However, he still holds his destiny to qualify for the Champions League after a match in his hands. “magnifying glass“, according to Guendouzi. Victim of its recurring shortcomings, Marseille also know they have mental resources, that they know how to recover, as they have shown in several critical moments of the season. And after all, if the dynamic is reversed, OM remains ahead of the Rennes.

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