Stade Rennes – PSG: how to play without Benjamin Bourigeaud?

Stade Rennes - PSG: how to play without Benjamin Bourigeaud?

Expelled against Clermont, Benjamin Bourigeaud will miss Sunday’s poster against PSG at Roazhon Park. After Martin Terrier, Rennes will have to live without their best player so far, for the biggest meeting of the season.

The year probably couldn’t have started off worse. Victorious against Nice on January 2, Stade Rennes lost Martin Terrier for the rest of the season, victim of a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee. A few days later in Bordeaux, it was Xeka who came out injured in the ankle this time, and risks being unavailable for several weeks. Yesterday, Rennes temporarily lost two other players. Expelled, Benjamin Bourigeaud and Warmed Omari will certainly miss the reception of PSG on Sunday evening, and perhaps the trip to Marseille in the Coupe de France on January 20.

A substantial loss

If in hinge Bruno Genesio has solutions, where Warmed Omari does not necessarily shine since his return, it is another story in front. Decisive passer in Clermont for Arnaud Kalimuendo, Benjamin Bourigeaud was decisive for the 11e time in his last 12 games, author now of 4 goals and 8 assists. In the absence of Martin Terrier, it is he who is led to become the new leader of the attack, which Rennes will have to do without to face the leader of the championship.

Empower managers

Without his number 14, Bruno Genesio must still reinvent his team, so dependent on Bourigeaud recently. The most likely option remains the switch to 4-3-3. Jérémy Doku replaced on the right, Amine Gouiri would slide to the left to leave Arnaud Kalimuendo alone in the lead. This solution would above all aim to solidify a midfield where executives Flavien Tait and Lovro Majer must take the reins on this meeting. Lesley Ugochukwu is expected in the middle in a sentry role.

Prioritize attack

After a sluggish performance in Bordeaux in 4-3-3, the Rennes coach could also return to the 4-4-2 introduced at the start of the season, in which the players have more benchmarks. Both wings could still be occupied by Jérémy Doku on the right, while Désiré Doué seems to have a head start on Kamaldeen Sulemana on the left. The Ghanaian should have a card to play all the same, embodying with Doku the solution on which the sports management wants to bet in the absence of Terrier for the rest of the season.

This option would push Genesio to have to choose between Majer and Tait to accompany Ugochukwu with a more defensive profile. A combination of Majer and Tait alone in a two-man environment seems less likely, having worked very little the only time it was aligned, against Larnaca at home.

One thing is certain, Stade Rennes is heading into the unknown this weekend: never has a coach had to deal without Martin Terrier or Benjamin Bourigeaud in the same match. To face a big favorite PSG, Rennes certainly did not need that.

Credit: Demivolé