Stade Rennais – Paris-Saint-Germain: Rennes Teach PSG A Lesson And Make Them Suffer Their First Defeat In The Season (2-1)

Once again, Rennes left the field victorious after a match against PSG. In a game of tactics and intensity, Julien Stéphan’s men confirmed they are one of the most challenging teams PSG has had to face in 2019. Rennes’ performance was quality, but questions should be raised about PSG’s current shape, tactics and attitude. 

Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr

Long time no see, or not. 

After the final of the French National Cup and the French Supercup, it was the third time in a few months wherein PSG faced Rennes. The French Supercup in China, played earlier this month, showed a very defensive Rennes beaten after an exquisite Ángel Di María cameo in the second half. Both teams had started their Ligue 1 seasons with a win, since the hosts had beaten Montpellier and PSG had won 3-0 against Nîmes a week ago. 

Rennes lined up in the same 5-3-2 formation they started the season with. It could have been expected to see a similar defensive game plan to the Supercup match. However, this time, Rennes played with a much more aggressive and audacious approach tactically. 

Without Neymar - who is still waiting for his future to be decided - PSG’s starting eleven was composed of: Alphonse . . .

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