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03|02 MATCHS ALLER: Business as Usual

Welcome to the latest instalment of my journey with Stade Rennais F.C. Last time out, I took you through preseason, up to an including the end of August. In this update I'll be reviewing our matches up to the end of the calendar year.

SeasonThree.EpisodeTwo | Matchs aller

I thought after losing Raphinha last season that we would be a different team this year. Well, that we are, but the results are very much business as usual.

September 2021 – December 2021

Here’s what has been going on at Roazhon Park over the last couple of months.


September was a little hit and miss for us. Druijf wasn’t hitting the heights I expected of him after this transfer to us, and the team just wasn’t gelling.

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We started with a fantastic 4-1 win against Toulouse, followed by a stuttering win against FC Kobenhavn, but then Lille put us back in our place.

Druijf found his shooting boots against Metz and Juventus, but with three losses this month, it wasn’t really anything to cheer about.


October was a lot better for us, in the league at least.

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Let’s face it, we’re never going to make much movement in the Champions League given that we’re forth seeds each season, so I’m happy to walk away from there without a battering and with my players not picking up injuries.

In the league, we found our form at the right time. Niang has been restored as a striker and he is playing excellently. Pereira is also starting to play well out on the right with the unenviable task of replacing Raphinha.


Things in the league just get better and better.

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Drawing against Chelsea was a massive result for us and secured some extra money, not that we really need it right now.

Niang continues to shine up front with Kouamé who has moved further up the field now that we have Davies on the left. It is a great partnership and with Druijf in there to rotate, things are going very well.


Were going very well…

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Not really sure what happened in December, we struggled against the smaller teams in the league, which is worrying. We couldn’t break down Guingamp or Angers in two games we really should be winning.

Champions League

So while we didn’t have the best of times, we have qualified for the Europa League. I’m not sure how I feel about that, personally, as we could do without all the extra games.

Back to the league, and we need to find a way to beat these smaller teams who sit deep against us. We even struggled to get our shots away, so it’s not even like we were unlucky in those games.

However, points were still picked up, and more importantly, picked up against our rivals. So we sit comfortably in second place, a position which might be the highest we will ever reach in this save, as PSG, once again, look unstoppable.

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(Click here for the full table)

As always things are ticking along. We need to make some improvements against the smaller teams, but there’s really not much to complain about.

My next post will be a short one covering the January window.

As always, you can get in touch with me in the comments below, via twitter @fmfutbolmanager, or my slack channel #fmFutbolManager — if you’re not a part of the Football Manager Slack community, then you can join here!

Until next time, à tout à l’heure.

Oliver Jensen

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