After its draw against the Girondins de Bordeaux, the Stade Rennais moves this Thursday to the Netherlands, to challenge the Speed Arnhem, first in Group G of the Europa League Conference. A crucial encounter for the Red and Black, who are coming off a promising 2-2 draw against Tottenham Spurs on the opening day. Bruno Genesio should make several important changes, particularly at the level of the machinery.
Stade Rennais: 4-3-3 or 4-4-2? Genesio’s surprise
This is the big question that fans and journalists are asking themselves a few hours before an important match against Vitesse Arnhem. It must be said that Bruno Genesio multiplies the different game systems since the beginning of the season. First in 4-2-3-1, the Breton coach had then experimented with 4-3-3, to recently opt for a more classic 4-4-2. Against Clermont, the formation of three attackers (Laborde, Terrier, Sulemana) had greatly paid off, with 6 goals scored against the promoted. Against OM the previous day (2-0 defeat) and against Bordeaux this weekend, the 4-4-2 proved less fruitful. Recent trends that could push Genesio to choose the 4-3-3 against Vitesse Arnhem.
In any case, the choice of the device should not have any consequences on the 11 of the Stade Rennais. The attack and the Rennes midfield should remain unchanged. The surprise will lie on the other hand in defense, where Genesio announced the return of the rookie Loïc Badé, sidelined in the last two matches in Ligue 1. Lacking confidence, the former Lensois nevertheless keeps the confidence of his coach who acknowledged yesterday his disappointing performances. “Sometimes there are moments in a season, in a career that are harder to pass but it will also make him progress. He will play on Thursday, he will be a starter and he has my full confidence“, said the coach of the CFRS yesterday in a press conference.
Probable composition of Stade Rennais against Vitesse :
Goalkeeper : A. Gomis
Defender : H. Traore, L. Badé, N. Aguerd, B. Meling
Midfielders : F. Tait, J. Martin, B. Bourigeaud
Attacker : K. Sulemana, M. Terrier, G. Laborde
A meeting to follow on the antennas of RMC Sport 1 at 21h this Thursday