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Rennes-Monaco preview: 'preparing for a semi-final'

Rennes-Monaco preview: 'preparing for a semi-final'

Publish on 05/25 at 10:42 - S. TELFORD


Bruno Génésio says Stade Rennais FC are preparing for a Ligue 1 Uber Eats 'semi-final' ahead their European six-pointer at home to AS Monaco on Saturday.

Stade Rennais FC - AS Monaco


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Rennes and Monaco can both still qualify for next season's UEFA Europa League group stage with two games left to play domestically, and the first of those is against each other.


Monaco currently occupy fourth place behind UEFA Champions League trio Paris Saint-Germain, LOSC and Olympique de Marseille, with Rennes two places and three points back - but with a +12 better goal-difference.


Gouri finding form


The Bretons did their goals scored column no harm at all last Sunday, beating relegated AC Ajaccio 5-0 with Amine Gouiri scoring a hat-trick.


"We knew the results of our direct competitors," said Génésio. "Regarding Monaco, it was an advantage [Monaco lost 3-1 to Olympique Lyonnais]. Goal-difference can count at the end of the season. Now we have, let's say, a semi-final of the French championship. The fans can lift us against a team who are good away from home."


Watch: Highlights of Rennes' 5-0 win over Ajaccio


Rennes have the second-best home record this season after Lens, and have won each of their last three at their Roazhon Park. Génésio will have to cope with a number of absentees, though.


Djed Spence has already returned to Tottenham Hotspur after season-ending knee injury, and with fellow full-backs Adrien Truffert and Birger Meling struggling a sprained ankle and thigh strain respectively, 18-year-old Jeanuël Belocian should continue at left-back.


F1 problem


Martin Terrier and Christopher Wooh are longer-term absentees with cruciate ligament injuries.


Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix means les Rouge et Blanc are playing back-to-back away games after losing at Lyon last time out.


Watch: Highlights of Monaco's 3-1 loss at Lyon


Wissam Ben Yedder celebrated his return to the team by converting an early penalty, the side capitulated from there, Lyon scoring three goals without reply to win 3-1.


Monaco have only won one of their last five games - a 2-1 victory over bottom club Angers SCO - but Génésio's opposite number Philippe Clement insists his job is safe.


Clement: 'Questions aren't being asked'


"Question around my future aren't being asked," he insisted. "I still have one year left on my contract. I want to stay at Monaco, but we have to grow as a team, and recently, we haven't proved what we had done previously. We have to work hard these next two weeks if we want to continue to play big matches."


Monaco striker Breel Embolo has a knee injury of his own, while Myron Boadu has a hamstring problem, so Ben Yedder will likely be joined in a fluid front three by Aleksandr Golovin and Takumi Minamino, who is pushing for a recall.


Possible teams


Rennes: Mandanda; Traoré, Omari, Theate, Belocian; Santamaria; Doku, Bourigeaud, Majer, Gouiri; Toko Ekambi


Monaco: Nubel; Disasi, Matsima, Caio; Vanderson, Fofana, Matazo, Jakobs; Minamino, Ben Yedder, Golovin

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