11 matches, 5 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. After Rennes’ success on Sunday evening (1-0), here is Bruno Genesio’s record in his confrontations with Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, whether with Olympique Lyonnais or Stade Rennais. These five successes place him ahead of Christophe Galtier (4, with Saint-Etienne, Lille, and Nice) and Antoine Kombouaré (3, with Guingamp and Nantes) among the coaches to post the most victories against the Parisian club since 2011. Back on these five performances, each time made from the same ingredient: public support.
February 28, 2016, OL PSG: 2-1
In the shoes of the still undefeated leader, the PSG of Laurent Blanc and Zlatan Ibrahimovic goes to the brand new stadium of Décines, also called the Parc OL – where Lyon has not yet experienced defeat – for the 28th day of the Ligue 1. OL, which has been Genesio’s for two months, is 8th at kick-off and must win to hope for an unlikely climb to the podium.
In an incandescent stadium, it was the Rhodanians who ignited the match and gave it a very intense rhythm, multiplying the dangerous situations from the start. OL are rewarded from the quarter of an hour of play: Rachid Ghezzal reverses the play on Maxwel Cornet on the left of the surface, which controls, hooks and deceives Kevin Trapp with the right foot. But OL did not stop there and continued to stifle PSG. Just before half-time, Rafael crosses for Sergi Darder from six meters. The Spaniard plays it “Iniesta” according to comments from Christophe Dugarry, managing to perform a sombrero on Thiago Silva and adjust Trapp. Despite Lucas Moura narrowing the gap at the start of the second half, hinge Yanga Mbiwa-Morel holds firm. Genesio’s first feat at the head of OL, which put an end to PSG’s invincibility.
January 21, 2018: OL-PSG: 2-1
Fourth with 45 points, Les Gones welcome a leading PSG with 56 points, the day after the death of Paul Bocuse. Olympique Lyonnais then decided to pay tribute in its own way to the “cook of the century”. No VGE soup on the menu or fish in potato scales, but two magnificent galettes. That of Nabil Fekir, first, is served as an aperitif. We’ve been playing for less than two minutes, and the OL captain, despite being eccentric at 35 meters, sends a direct free kick which surprises Alphonse Areola and finds the net.
Paul Bocuse, cooking legend, died the day before this OL-PSG. (B. Papon/The Team)
Groupama Stadium caught fire, cooled down before half-time as Layvin Kurzawa equalized in a very good way, then heated up again when Dani Alves was sent off on the hour mark for a vehement protest. Evening dessert is served by Memphis Depay. The Dutchman, who entered the game 25 minutes earlier, gave Lyon the victory in the final action of the match. Shifted to the left by Fekir at the entrance to the area, Depay rolled up a shot from the right which ended in the skylight of Areola, who had not moved. Even better than a praline tart to end the evening.
Memphis Depay, scorer at the last minute. (B. Papon/The Team)
February 3, 2019, OL-PSG: 2-1
At the time, you couldn’t count on OL to preserve their invincibility. Thomas Tuchel’s PSG, undefeated in Ligue 1, travels to Lyon at the end of the 23rd day. And even if Angel Di Maria opens the scoring quickly (7th), the Gones respond and show more desire and aggressiveness. Bertrand Traoré, Nabil Fekir and Memphis Depay in turn solicit Alphonse Areola, but the Parisian goalkeeper ends up bowing following an error of assessment.
The world champion misses his exit on a cross from Léo Dubois, and leaves Moussa Dembélé free to equalize with a header. Number 9 Lyon then obtained a penalty at the start of the second half, which his captain Nabil Fekir transformed. Enough to bring down Paris Saint-Germain for the third time in four receptions at Groupama Stadium. Since then, the Lyonnais have not managed to do so on their land.
October 3, 2021: Rennes-PSG: 2-0
No, Bruno Genesio does not know how to beat PSG only in Lyon and in winter. At the start of autumn 2021, Stade Rennais is struggling to start its season and is in 13th place after having won only twice in eight games. Conversely, it is faultless for the teammates of rookie Lionel Messi, who signed an 8/8 before therefore biting the dust in Brittany.
First hitch for Lionel Messi since his arrival in France. (P. Lahalle/The Team)
In their flat 4-4-2, the Reds and Blacks suffer in the first period but achieve the perfect hold-up before the break thanks to their in-form man, Gaëtan Laborde. And for Paris, the second period begins as the first had begun: very badly. Flavien Tait gives Rennes a two-goal lead in the 46th minute and seals the victory that will have had the gift of starting the SRFC season. And Genesio put an end to Paris Saint-Germain’s unbeaten streak in the Championship for the third time.
January 15, 2023, Rennes-PSG: 1-0
If it struggles to perform off its bases, Bruno Genesio’s Stade Rennais version 2022-2023 is intractable at Roazhon Park, where it has only lost once – against Lorient (0-1) on the first day. . And it is not the arrival of the PSG of Christophe Galtier which breaks the rule, beaten for the second time in a row on the move. Deprived of Martin Terrier, Benjamin Bourigeaud, Warmed Omari, Baptiste Santamaria and Xeka, the Breton technician aligns a 5-4-1 at kickoff, modeled on the Parisian system.
Hamari Traoré, sole scorer of Rennes-PSG, Sunday. (F. Faugère/The Team)
Paying choice: the Bretons sign a deserved success in their den, recorded thanks to the goal of captain Hamari Traoré, shortly after the hour mark. On the banks of the Vilaine this Sunday, after Laurent Blanc (2016), Unai Emery (2018 ), Thomas Tuchel (2019), and Mauricio Pochettino (2021), Bruno Genesio has therefore dropped a fifth different Parisian coach. In five victories against PSG.