Match Preview: Rennes vs Paris Saint-Germain

Paris-Saint Germain travel to Rennes in their first away game of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 campaign.

Title-holders Paris Saint-Germain kicked off the new season with a 3-0 victory over Nimes last weekend.

Last season’s top goalscorer Kylian Mbappe opened his account in 2019-20, while Cavani and Di Maria also found the net to secure an easy win for the reigning champions.

Rennes also started out with a victory, beating Montpellier 1-0 at the Stade de la Mosson in Franch League’s Matchday 1.

Team news

Rennes will miss Flavien Tait, who picked up a red card in the season opener against Montpellier last Saturday.

The hosts will also miss Adrien Hunou through injury, while Edouard Mendy will need to go through a late fitness test today afternoon.

Paris Saint-Germain will travel to western France without new signing Ander Herrera, as well as German defender Thilo Kehrer, as they are both injured.

Neymar Junior is doubtfull, but unlikely to feature, with his future at the club hanging on the balance at this very moment.

What did the managers say

Rennes boss Julien Stephan believes his players need to be prepared to suffer in the game against the French champions.

“We know that we have to be prepared to suffer, to run a lot, to be very good in the use of the ball,” Stephan said at a press conference.

“In China [during the Trophee des Champions encounter], between the beginning and the end of the match, we were losing the ball too easy, we will have to keep our body language up and our generosity, and be lucid in the use of the ball.

“We have seen that there was the possibility by sequences to put them in difficulty and we need to be efficient during the period.”

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Thomas Tuchel says it is going to be a tough game for his side, as they face Rennes for the second time in 15 days.

“Yes, we’re going to face Rennes again. Two weeks ago in Shenzhen, it was a tough game against a disciplined and brave Rennes team,” he said via the club’s official website.

“I’m convinced that after this Trophee des Champions, Rennes are going to want to start well at home. There will be a lot of emotion: Rennes will play in front of their fans, at 21:00, against Paris Saint-Germain.

“So it’s a challenge for us, I expect a very intense performance from us, even if it’s never easy to control the match against these opponents. We’ll have to take this opportunity to improve ourselves.”

Stats

Both sides have already met each other in the French Super Cup this season, with PSG winning their first trophy of the 2019-20 campaign thanks to goals from Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.

Rennes won the Coupe de France last season, beating the Parisians on penalties in the final.

The Red and Blacks have suffered only one league defeat in 2019, losing 1-0 to Olympic Lyon back in March. (4W and 5D)

Paris Saint-Germain, on the other hand, registered four defeats in their last five away games in the 2018-19 season, conceding 15 goals in the process.

The Parisians, however, are undefeated by Rennes in their last eight league meetings, since February 2011.

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