SeasonSix.EpisodeFour | Dernière ligne droite
We’ve come to the home stretch; dernière ligne droite. The sixth season comes to a close. We are still in the chasing pack for the league, but it was always going to PSGs title to lose.
February 2025 – May 2025
PSG continue to be the pain in my ass!
It just doesn’t matter what we seem to do we just fall short. Another 80th-minute winner for them. Considering we were without Schmitt due to injury it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
Young Zied Ayari stepping into some rather large shoes and doing well.
We had our first leg knockout match against Benfica, a 2-2- draw at home that quite frankly I’m a little bit disappointed with. I thought we could have won that one, but alas, we have another match to put that right.
Ain’t no stopping us now!
Fantastic league form and progress through to the next round in the Champions League.
Things were going great in the league, we were stopping anyone scoring against us, we were smashing goals from all angles. However, ugh, I then got a little too confident.
With PSG drawing against Saint-Étienne we had given ourselves a chance to pull away at the top of the table.
They couldn’t even break down 10 men. So naturally, we go ahead and lose to Marseille. I can take losing. Sometimes. But the manner in which we lost. Two penalties from two failed tackles by Doumbia.
We were relatively comfortable, dealing with everything they threw at us. In my frustration and anger, I transfer listed him.
He won’t play again this season. If we end up losing the league because of this it will be a real smack in the face.
Did I mention that we drew Atletico Madrid in the Champions League!? This is no time to be pissing about in Europe so they kids will get a game as we concentrate on the league.
It was a straight shoot out for the title. We had an 8 goal advantage over PSG, which was worth a point so if we could win all our games and keep the goals going, we’d be champions.
Mixed between these was the Champions League quarter-finals against Atletico Madrid and a Coupe de France final against PSG.
The month started well with a 3-1 win over Stade Reims, but the goal conceded was annoying. Every goal counts at this stage, especially since PSG put 6 past Alphonse Areola in the Monaco goal without reply. Our extra point looking to swing into PSG‘s court. The goal difference now at just +3 in our favour.
A disappointing 3-1 defeat away to Atletico Madrid got in the way of our league run. We were a goal up but conceded 2 in the final 10 to all but confirm our exit from the competition.
The league was all but over in the next match. A humiliating 4-0 defeat to Lyon as the title challenge ended. PSG was not going to lose so heavily as to overturn this swing in goal difference. After the game, I seriously started questioning my passion for continuing with Rennes. We had no money to compete, we were expected to compete with a team splashing €300-500M a season on players.
My love for this club is fading, and we still had the rest of the season to play out.
We then went and hammered Atleti, but only managed to score the single goal to despite beating them exited the Champions League. I was proud. I couldn’t quit on the lads now. Angers up next! Just the one instruction for them, get as many goals as possible.
I felt a little bit sorry for them hammering them 7-1 but the goal difference was back in our favour!
We were top of the league for the final 30 minutes of our match against Strasbourg, with more goals to boot. But then PSG, as they usually do, scored a 90th-minute winner to go back to the top of the league and three points clear.
We did, however, finish the month with one final match… Just a small match. The Coupe de France final against PSG.
Yep, we absolutely battered them and to win 3-1 against such a strong team was proof enough that we’re good enough to compete.
Three points behind. Four matches to play. On paper, we have an easier run, but then we’ve never made it easy on ourselves against the lower teams. Ultimately, we need Lyon to do us a favour while at the same time winning out remaining four games.
The next three games we were unstoppable. 5-1, 3-1, 3-0. Unfortunately, PSG also matched us 6-0, 3-0, 3-1. So it went to the wire. The final game of the season.
We were at home to Lens sitting in 14th. PSG travel to 13th placed Strasbourg. All we had to do was win, and hope that somehow, PSG lost.
Yeah, as if that was going to happen. A 97 point season and 106 goals scored along the way, which would have been good enough to win the previous two seasons. But alas, PSG have always been just a few points ahead of us when it counts.
And that’s that. Doumbia cost us the title. His two penalties conceded did end up costing us the title.
I should be proud of this league finish, but you never expect to finish second on 97 points.
So there we have it. Another season. Another cup to our name but with 97 points we really thought a league win should be ours.
Again, the key for the summer will be to keep the likes of Ênio and Schmitt at the club for at least another season.
Thanks for following along with my save this year!
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Until next time, à tout à l’heure.