Champions League: Rennes too tender for Chelsea

The learning of the Champions League continues for Stade Rennais, which is the first appearance in the premier competition. But the Bretons pay a high price to learn, especially against a European engine such as Chelsea. Less unbalanced than the score (3-0) does not mean it, the meeting however quickly leaned London side in favor of a history of penalties.

The first was not whistled for Rennes following a hand from Zouma in its area (7th). Three minutes later, the second went to Werner, after the latter was lightly hooked by Dalbert at the entrance to the Rennes area, right side. The German striker did not pray to open the counter of the Blues (1-0, 10th).

Then, while Rennes, master of the ball and animated by real offensive intentions, gradually gained confidence, the sky fell on its head. To counter a shot from Abraham up close, Dalbert intentionally extends his arms. After resorting to the VAR, the German referee decides to apply the double penalty to the Red and Black: penalty and expulsion of Dalbert, already warned.

A school action concluded by Abraham

In strength, Werner doubles the bet against helpless Gomis (2-0 (41st). Not varnished, the partners of Da Silva, the captain, would have deserved to reach the break with a goal, they who only scored once, against the Russians of Krasnodar, on Matchday 1 (1-1), but this would have required the Rennes captain to manage to cut Bourigeaud’s powerful free kick at the far post (33 ‘).

In the second half, the Blues, released, took cover definitively following a school action, concluded by Abraham upon receiving a center from James (3-0, 50th). They could have increased the score, without the vagueness of Werner (67th), then Giroud (75th, 90th + 2).

Outnumbered, the French did not give up all offensive will in the 2nd period but without creating any real danger on the goal of Edouard Mendy, the former Rennais, who brought his series of “clean sheets” to six. Except on the recovery of Grenier at the reception of a center of Doku, pushed back by Mendy (84th).

In the end, the favorites of group E bring their total to 10 goals in three games without conceding a single one… This is to say the new challenge which will be offered to Julien Stephan and his players for the arrival of Chelsea at Roazhon Park in three weeks.

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