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Squad, transfers and goals for the season

Having come very close to securing a place in the Champions League last season, Stade Rennais’ progress in Ligue 1 is extremely linear. Without false notes over the last few seasons, the Breton club is gradually establishing itself as a reference team in the French championship to apply for European places.

If the transfer window was rather calm despite two major departures with Nayef Aguerd at West Ham and Mathys Tel at Bayern Münich, the arrivals of Steve Mandanda to occupy the position of goalkeeper and Arthur Theate could not be the last of this transfer window. and could thus allow Rennes to aim even higher. State of play of Rennes’ ambitions, Bruno Génésio’s squad and summary of off-season movements.

Rennes’ record last season

A contender for a place on the Ligue 1 podium for the majority of the season, Rennes’ last season was filled with satisfaction despite a fourth place finish at the foot of the podium. Despite the frustrating elimination in the Conference League against Leicester, Stade Rennais quickly raised their heads by finishing the season with a success against Marseille and a draw in Lille which complete a successful 2022/23 exercise.

Among the satisfactions on the lawn, Martin Terrier has once again confirmed his effectiveness in Ligue 1, well supported by a very regular Benjamin Bourigeaud throughout the season. Another positive point of the season, the arrival of Lovro Majer and his integration have been successful and this season could be one of explosion for the Croat who has already made his mark in the Rennes environment.

The movements of the off-season

Without a great goalkeeper since the departure of Edouard Mendy at Chelsea during the 2020 off-season, Stade Rennais has often failed in this essential position in modern football. Barred by Pau Lopez in Marseille, Steve Mandanda left La Canebière to land in Brittany and thus find a starting position in a European team and with strong ambitions in Ligue 1. If Arthur Theate also arrived to strengthen the collective which lost its great hope Mathys Tel gone to Munich and Aguerd across the Channel, the collective remains almost unchanged and Bruno Génésio can start a season in continuity with the successes of the past season.

Arrivals: Theate (€19m, Bologna), Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille), Damergy, Kadile (reserve), Gboho, Rivollier, Abline (loan returns)

Departures : Tel (€20m, Bayern Munich), Aguerd (€35m, West Ham), Diouf (loan, FC Basel), Kadile (loan, Famalicao), Gélin (Amiens SC), Bonet (end of contract)

Rennes squad for the 2022/23 season

Guardians : Gomis, Mandanda, Alemdar, Damergy, Salin

Defenders : Traoré, Theate, Badé, Truffert, Meling, Omari, Assignon

Environments : Sulemana, Majer, Bourigeaud, Ugochukwu, Santamaria, Gboho, Tait, D. Doué, Belocian, Francoise, G. Doué

Attackers : Doku, Terrier, Laborde, Guirassy, ​​Tchaouna, Abline

Stade Rennais: ambitions and ranking

Solid during their preparation matches despite a defeat against Aston Villa for their last meeting, Bruno Génésio’s men start this new season with a lot of ambitions. If there is no doubt that the podium is clearly the stated objective, Stade Rennais wants above all to be European and it seems complicated to consider seeing them outside the Top 5.

With a defense to watch given the departure of Nayef Aguerd, the Rennes attack should delight us for another season and thus be close to the top of the Ligue 1 ranking.

Player to watch: Arthur Theate

Belgian international with three selections, Arthur Theate arrives in Rennes as a solid and (already) experienced central defender. The 22-year-old left-hander has indeed gained some experience by playing a full season in Serie A in Bologna. Rather offensive with two goals last season, he also confirmed this by scoring the first and only goal for the Breton club in his first match in his new colors against Aston Villa (1-2).

Associated with Loïc Badé this season, the Rennes hinge seems solid and armed for the tricolor championship in front of the experienced Steve Mandanda who will play his fourteenth season in the elite.

The Rennes calendar for the 2022/23 season

If the season will start at Roazhon Park with the reception of the neighbor Lorient, the season will continue from the second day with one of the first shocks of this Ligue 1 season. Traveling to Monaco, the Rennais will live their first test before a season which promises to be full of entertainment with these posters not to be missed:

Matchday 2: 13/08/2022, AS Monaco – Stade Rennais

Matchday 8: 18/08/2022, Olympique de Marseille – Stade Rennais

Matchday 18: 01/15/2023, Stade Rennais – Paris Saint-Germain

Matchday 26: 05/03/2023, Stade Rennais – Olympique de Marseille

Matchday 28: 03/19/2023, Paris Saint-Germain – Stade Rennais

Matchday 31: 09/04/2023, Olympique Lyonnais – Stade Rennais


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