Rennes or Stade Rennais F.C if you like to use the full and correct name of the team Leicester will play in the last 16 of the Europa Conference League.
French football is mostly seen as a one man show with PSG flying the flag. Not to offense anyone but it’s a while since Lyon or Marseille did fly the flag and even though Lille won Ligue 1 last season they are not seen as a major club in Europe.
Rennes is currently 4th in their home league and has been part of the Europa Conference League since qualifying for the group stages after defeating Norwegian club Rosenborg over two games.
Strong results vs. Tottenham also gives answers to what Leicester will face. A 2-2 draw at home and a 2-0 win away shows that Leicester will get a handfull and are up against a difficult opponent.
Europa Conference League might not be the top tier of tournaments, but all in all teams still in it are good and a win or to go through will be something to cherish.
Rennes is a city with around 350 000 people and the football club play their home games at Roazhon Park with a capacity of 29 778. This club do have a grand following and will of course look at this even with big interest as English clubs are those to defeat.
In their home league a win vs. PSG might be the top result. In October they won their home game 2-0 with goals coming from midfielder Tait and forward Laborde.
They have a player named Amigo Gomis in goal. A tall goalkeeper at 1.96m and with a past in Serie A at clubs such as SPAL, Bologna and Torino, but also been at Dijon, Salernitana, Crotone, Avelino and Cesena. He is 28 years of age and representing Senegal.
Other experienced players are 27 year old Norwegian left back Birger Meling, previously with Rosenborg and Nimes. You also have another defender in Hamari Traore at 30 years of age.
Two players to look out for are forwards Terrier and Laborde both able to upset any defense, so far in Ligue 1 they have scored have 13 (Terrier) and 10 (Lobarde) goals.
In their last Ligue 1 match a 4-2 win vs. Montpellier they fielded an old fashion 4-4-2 with the Lobarde and Majer up front, Terrier out to the left. Traore played to the right in defense and Meling to the left. They look a steady group and use few players.
The two games vs. Rennes will be played on the 10th and 17th of March, Leicester at home in the first match. To start at home should be an advantage as you can hopefully get a result and benefit from that when going away.
It will again be interesting to follow Leicester in Europe and hopefully this hurdle will be possible to pass as we do have a dream still to see Leicester become the first winner ever of this tournament.
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