Stade Rennais travels to Cyprus, where it will face the team of AEK Larnaca. It’s hard to have a clear opinion on what this group is worth, who have not yet won after two days in the Cypriot championship.
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The Spanish coach José Luis Oltra, in any case, is wary of the SRFC. “It’s a very important game for us, special. The first of this group stage. I warned the players yesterday, we are going to play a very strong team, a very complete team, very organized, very physical. A quality team. But we will have our chance if we are 100% and if we can have the help of the supporters in this part. »
The Larnaca club are very ambitious, even if they are probably the weakest in terms of squad numbers. Oltra continues: “Our goal is to win the next game, I said in the locker room. And try to win every game. It’s a tough group. Some may think that Rennes, kyiv and Fenerbahçe are not the best teams in Europe, it’s true, but they are very complete teams”.
Oltra: « I really like this Rennes team »
His right side Kypros Christoforou, he emphasizes the historical side of this match. “We have a very tough game to play. You will have to fight to get there. Our goal in every game is to win. A historic match because it is the first time that our stadium has hosted a European Cup group stage match. We hope the fans will be there to support us. »
But clearly, the Cypriots place themselves in the position of the outsider. Even if José Luis Oltra has spotted a current limit in the Rennes game. “I saw three Rennes matches and I spoke with Imad (Faraj) because he knows the team and the players. He told me about them. I think they are stronger than Dnipro and Partizan (their opponents in the preliminary rounds). They are more complete, play in a good league, better than Ukraine or Serbia. »
He concludes : “Their qualities? For me it is a whole. They are good in defence, very well organised… I really like this team, the coach is doing a very good job. They have very good players, I insist. Their only flaw, perhaps, is that they create chances but don’t score much. They have problems at the finish, I hope it will continue like this tomorrow (he rolls his eyes). Their offensive balance is good yet they are lively. But I think we will have our chance if we are serious, if we play as a side in previous European matches”.