Rennes head coach Bruno Génésio laments “rookie mistakes” in Toulouse loss

Rennes head coach Bruno Génésio lamented the “rookie mistakes” that allowed Toulouse to run riot and gain a 3-0 lead in only ten minutes, between the 27th and the 37th minute, against the Brittany side this afternoon. Rafael Ratão (27), Zakaria Aboukhlal (22) and Thijs Dallinga (22) all benefited from the many errors of Rennes centre-backs Arthur Theate (22) and Joe Rodon (25). In the second half, Toulouse defender Anthony Rouault (21) scored an own goal in an afternoon to forget for Stade Rennais.

In a press conference attended by L’Equipe, Rennes manager Bruno Génésio was not in the mood as his side conceded a fourth consecutive away loss in Ligue 1. “We handed them two goals because of rookie mistakes. Toulouse put us in trouble because of balls we needlessly gave away.Les Rouge et Noir lost their second consecutive Ligue 1 game and fell to sixth place, which is an underachievement for a Rennes team vying for a podium finish. “If I wasn’t worried, I’d be delusional“, ended Genesio.

Rennes will hope to put their defensive issues to bed next week, as they face Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League playoff.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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