Rennes didn’t had a chance against a depleted Lyon (lost 2-0). Weird things are happening at Rennes and it seems coach Montanier lost his inspiration.
First of all newly arrived midfielder Andre started as a fullback, while right back Danze was used as a midfielder. As a consequence Rennes’ right side underperformed and was a safe heaven for opponents.
Secondly, Mexer started in central defense. He made many errors and even gave away a penalty. Mexer is a new transfer from Nacional (Portugal) and may need more time to adapt to Ligue1 football.
But the weirdest decision was using Doucoure as a play-maker. His performance was simply disastrous as all his passes and goal attempts went way off target. He was undoubtedly the most uninspired player on the field.
With midfielders Pajot and Prcic returning from suspension there is a high possibility Doucoure will only watch from the bench…
Opponents Evian rightfully belong to the last place in Ligue1 after a pathetic performance (lost 3-0 against Caen).
Central defenders looked like amateurs, especially Angoula who was even substituted at half time after making many childish mistakes.
Evian were favorites so they tried to honour that status by controlling the game and applying constant pressure. Fullbacks and defensive midfielders took part in the creation phase but it completely backfired, as due to the poor form of defensive players every single counter ended up in the net.
Things will be different now as Evian won’t adventure upfront anymore and instead will wait for Rennes to make the first move, but besides a few modest actions carried on the flanks hosts are clueless when it comes to building up play.
UPDATE: Rennes’ midfielder Makoun lost his place in the squad due to the poor performance last round. For Evian defensive midfielder Kone suffered an injury and will miss.
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – Moreira, Armand, Danzé, Hountondji, M’Bengue, Mexer – Doucouré, Prcic, Pajot, G.Fernandes, Konradsen – Henrique, Grosicki, Toivonen, Ntep, Hosiner, Saïd
Evian: Hansen, B.Leroy, Durand – Abdallah, Sabaly, Juelsgaard, Mongongu, A.Angoula, Jon.Mensah, Cambon – Sorlin, Benezet, Barbosa, Camus, Wass, Thomasson – Nsikulu, Bruno, Nielsen