Really poor performance from Toulouse last week against Gazelec Ajaccio (finished 1-1). Only because opponents got a red card Toulouse managed to save a point in the dying seconds.
Toulouse were slow, lacked inspiration and even enthusiasm. Mathematically they can still save the season, but if they continue in this manner pretty soon Ligue2 will become a certainty.
Toulouse won only one Ligue1 game so far in 2016. When the season resumed they were very determined, but now they seem to have lost faith and abandoned fight.
There aren’t many changes that coach Arribage could make, so Toulouse can only improve when it comes to determination and attitude.
Rennes also had a disappointing performance last week away at Caen. Coach Courbis is the primary reason why Rennes can’t achieve full potential.
They have amazing resources in the attacking phase, but scored only two goals in the last 5 games. First of all Rennes rely either on a lazy playmaker, who is out-of-form for a couple of years already and is always injured (Gourcuff), or on a young playmaker without experience, recently promoted from the youth squad (Salles Lamonge).
Because of the playmaker problem, Rennes are forced to build only down the flanks, where they do have skilled players, but unfortunately another problem arises when they try to apply the finishing touch. The lone striker doesn’t have killer instincts, and wingers need to double their efforts and do his job as well.
Neither side is in good form, and according to performances last week they don’t even feel like football anymore.
UPDATE: Rennes will miss forward Quintero who was left outside the squad
Toulouse : Goicoechea, Lafont, Vidal – I.Diop, Moubandje, Somalia, Spajic, Tisserand, Yago, W.Matheus – Akpa-Akpro, Blin, Bodiger, Sirieix, Machach, E.Didot, Trejo, Regattin – Ben Yedder, Pesic, Braithwaite
Rennes: Costil, Ab.Diallo – S.Armand, Baal, S.Coulibaly, Danzé, M’Bengue, P.Mendes, Zeffane – B.André, G.Fernandes, Y.Gourcuff, Salles-Lamonge – Boga, O.Dembélé, Grosicki, P.Henrique, Ntep, Sio