OGC Nice Stade Rennais 2-0 Ligue 1

OGC Nice – Stade Rennais: A Return To The Top For Ten Man Nice (2-0)

Both teams finished the game with a red card apiece but that was the only fate that OGC Nice and Stade Rennais shared. Nice demonstrated again why many in France consider this team to be the greatest threat to PSG’s stranglehold on the league, while Rennes failed once more to impress despite another summer of investment. 
Tactical analysis and match report by Nick Hartland.

Life under Francesco Farioli has proven to be sweet for Nice as they entered game week eleven unbeaten, first in Ligue 1, and with the best defensive record in the top five European leagues. This on its own would be impressive but when you factor in that they’ve achieved this on the back of victories over PSG, Monaco, and Marseille then you start to see the shape of something special building on the Côte d’Azur. If there were one glaring flaw to this impressive side then it would be their offensive output, with Nice winning all matches except one with a one-goal margin. 

The assumption at the start of the season was that their opponents for today were better prepared for the year ahead. Rennes had lost key players but they had also spent significant sums to replace them. The team was stacked with talent and the onus was on Bruno Génésio to build on last season and to finally mount a challenge for a Champions League place. Only

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Nick Hartland is a freelance writer focusing on French football. You can find him @NickHartland_ on Twitter. [ View all posts ]


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