Ligue 1’s second-placed side Marseille clinched an all-important and narrow 1-0 win on Sunday evening at Rennes. The visitors gained all three points at stake thanks to a Sead Kolašinac goal before the hour mark. Marseille midfielder Jordan Veretout took a free kick quickly and enabled Cengiz Ünder to run free and lay a perfect low cross for the unmarked Bosnian to slam home. A downbeat Bruno Génésio was left to rue what he saw as a lack of maturity of his players. “We knew the importance of the first goal being scored and it’s not acceptable to concede a goal like this.” In his post-game press conference, that L’Équipe attended, the former Lyon manager assessed that Rennes had lost the plot in the wake of the Bosnian’s goal.
According to Génésio, Les Rouge et Noir will have no chance to aim higher than fifth place if they continue to make errors of this magnitude. “We lacked caution, maturity, you name it… When you want to compete with teams like these, it’s not possible to concede a goal this ridiculous.” This Sunday’s loss may have ended Rennes’ hopes of qualifying directly for the Champions League group stage, with now a 9-point deficit on second-placed Marseille. “We might have reached our glass ceiling. We’ll try to at least retain our fifth place and, why not, dream of a better finish.”
GFFN | Bastien Cheval