SeasonFour.EpisodeFive | End of season review
It’s the time again where we look back and reflect on the season. I don’t think I’ve been this proud of this group of players before.
We went one better than last year in both the cup and league position, by winning the Coupe de Ligue and finishing second, just a couple of points behind PSG.
I feel like if we were ever going to win the league it would have been this season as PSG were about 10 points off their normal pace. We will struggle to his 90+ points next season, I think.
With Camavinga signing a new deal and Andreas Pereira playing like peak Zidane I’m excited for next season. We will be losing Palacios for sure this time, with 1-year left on his deal and his refusal to sign a new one. If we can get €100M for him and a couple of other players out as well then I might finally be able to rebuild the defence that I’ve been promising to do now for a while.
All I want for next season is a right-back and a left-back.
THE BOARD APPRAISAL
The board are very pleased with the overall leadership I’ve been showing with last season’s successes fresh in their memories.
Confidence summary B
Stagnant at C+ in terms of us meeting the club vision. Thanks.
The board continue to be delighted with the club culture.
- Desired: Develop players using the clubs’ youth system | Delighted
Thankfully the 5-year plan is still the same and qualification for the Champions League remains the objective.
I feel like this new attacking system that we’ve been all guns blazing! I wanted a defensive midfielder to make us stronger defensively, but also to have a lot more in attack. However, that doesn’t seem to have been the case.
We’ve scored fewer goals than last season, which is surprising because I felt like last season we got by with the odd goal here and there. We’ve also had a big drop in the chances created each game.
What is impressive is the 19 goals conceded all season. The defence is also an area I want to improve next season. Ideally at full-back on both sides.
|Rennais Stats||2022/23 season||Position||2021/22 season|
|Average possession||53%||4th||46% (16th)|
|– from set-pieces||22||—||22|
|Pass completion ratio||86%||5th||84% (9th)|
|Cross completion ratio||25%||3rd||20% (12th)|
|Chances created||90||5th||106 (2nd)|
|Shots on target ratio||49%||10th||53% (1st)|
|Conversion rate||10%||6th||10% (1st)|
|– from set-pieces||5||—||9|
|Fouls committed||415||10th||333 (15th)|
|Tackles won||85%||9th||81% (20th)|
Our average attendance was again at 29,194 which has seen us sell 100% of the tickets available for the second season in a row.
As you will know the new stadium is on the way and should be ready at the end of next season.
Edouard Mendy hasn’t missed a game all season. He has kept 24 clean sheets in 38 league matches, which for a team like us is a phenomenal stat. It’s also the record for clean sheets, beating his own record of 23.
New signing Pablo Marí hit the ground running as we would expect of a player with his experience. He chipped in with 4 goals and 4 assists, too, but only won 67% of his headers.
Hamari Traoré managed 9 assists from the right wing-back role, more than any other player in the team.
Gilles Schmitt smashed the scoring charts in the league with 18 league goals and 20 overall. It’s unsurprising that he is now wanted by Manchester United and Juventus. He also beat Raphinha’s 7 player of the match awards by one!
Finally, I have to say a few words about the new boy, Andreas Pereira. What a season he has had. For those who follow on twitter and have read previous blogs, you will have seen some of his goals I’ve been posting. He has been one of those players to get me out of my seat this season! I cannot wait to see what he does next year!
As rated in-game, the following end of season awards were presented to the players.
- Gilles Schmitt | 20 goals
Highest average rating
- Gilles Schmitt | 7.31 rating
- Hamari Traoré | 9 assists
Best pass completion
- Denis-Will Poha | 93% pass completion
Most player of the match awards
- Gilles Schmitt | 8 Player of the Match awards
Most yellow cards
- Hamari Traoré and Pablo Marí | 10 yellow cards
Most red cards
- Ênio | 1 red card
END OF SEASON AWARDS
Oliver Jensen’s golden spoon award
Awarded to my stand out player of the season.
- Gilles Schmitt
This was a hard decision. I really wanted to give this award to Andreas Pereira for his contribution to the team, but Gilles Schmitt, at 18 has set the league on fire! 20 goals and 6 assists. Amazing.
Oliver Jensen’s wooden spoon award
Awarded to my stand out player, for all the wrong reasons.
- M’Baye Niang
To think last season I was batting away derisory offers for him, this season he just hasn’t progressed at all. A poor contribution no matter where along the front three he has played. He will likely be going for a bargain price in the summer.
Oliver Jensen’s silver spoon award
Awarded to the best youth player (under 23) to break into the squad, either new signing or from the youth teams.
- Julien Bey
I think we might have some player on our hands here. He will be in the first team next season, fighting alongside Ênio for a position on the left. He got a few chances this season but will get more in the coming season.
OFF THE FIELD
Things are not great off the field. The club went into the red after the board took out a €69M loan to pay for a new stadium which will give us an extra 10k seats over our current rented accommodation. The €625k per month is going to be hard to cover and will likely mean we need to cut some costs along the way.
We currently have €54M in the bank thanks to a €24M injection by the board. There have been more rumours of another takeover, but I’m not sure that’ll happen any time soon.
So that just about wraps up the review of this season.
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Until next time, à tout à l’heure.