Julien Stéphan could not hide his concern after his Stade Rennais FC side slumped to another defeat on Friday ahead of a crucial UEFA Champions League clash against Chelsea.
“We were not good enough. We were disappointing in lots of areas and there is too big a difference between the collective impression we gave at the beginning of the season and what we are producing at the moment,” coach Stéphan said in the wake of Rennes’ 1-0 home loss at the hands of Girondins de Bordeaux.
“We didn’t get any luck either, but when that happens often enough it is no longer a coincidence. There is a lack of maturity and of character too.”
Hatem Ben Arfa scored the only goal against his old side as Rennes sank to a fifth defeat in six games in all competitions. They have won just once in nine outings now, not ideal preparation for Tuesday’s game against Chelsea at Roazhon Park, when another defeat could spell early elimination from the Champions League.
“I am a bit worried, absolutely,” added Stéphan, whose team lost 3-0 away to Chelsea earlier this month.
“But I am not too dejected either because we can put this right. We need to rediscover our collective strength. Without that we are a less than ordinary team.”