FOOTBALL - Stade Rennais: Without Eduardo Camavinga in Seville, the SRFC condemned?

FOOTBALL - Stade Rennais: Without Eduardo Camavinga in Seville, the SRFC condemned?

Stade Rennais travels to Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium to face Sevilla FC on Wednesday evening (9 p.m.), on behalf of the second day of the Champions League. Faced with the reigning winner of the Europa League, Julien Stéphan's men are hoping for a new feat on Andalusian soil, but the Rennes technician will have to do without one of his key pieces.

Eduardo Camavinga forfeits Sevilla FC

It's a real blow for the Reds and Blacks. The Rennais will be deprived of their best player on Wednesday (9 p.m.) on the lawn of Sevilla FC. Touched against Angers SCO, Eduardo Camavinga is not in Julien Stéphan's group for this second day of the Champions League. An extremely detrimental absence for Stade Rennais, which will find itself without its master to play against Julen Lopetegui's team. The coach of the Rouge et Noir is full of praise for his little protégé. "At that age, to have so much maturity and assurance, it's phenomenal, but ultimately, it's Eduardo", he revealed to L'Equipe and explains his absence in these simple words, reported by the SoFoot journalist, Clément Gavard: "He took a small blow at the start of the match against Angers, his after-effects are still too important for him to apply for tomorrow's match (Wednesday)." The origin of a big blow.

It's not going to be an easy task for Stade Rennais to do without its 17-year-old nugget. For more than a year now, the midfielder has been climbing the top level four to four and breaking all records for precocity, whether with his club, in Ligue 1 and, since October, in the team. from France with whom he had his first tenure and his first goal against Ukraine (7-1), becoming the youngest scorer in the history of the Blues since the post-war period. Eduardo Camavinga has become an almost indispensable cog in Julien Stéphan's system, where his association in the middle with Steven Nzonzi has allowed him to move away from purely defensive tasks to take his game to attack.

The Stade Rennais game on his shoulders

At the start of the season against Montpellier and for the French team, this resulted in some very fine goals which demonstrate that Camavinga is not just a recuperator, he is also an excellent ball handler. "It's hard to take the ball from him when he comes thrown like that, better to be two than alone against him…, analyzed the Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd, after the match against the Hérault. I now know him by dint of the 'face in training, I know he's left-handed, he rarely goes right-hand side. He's unpredictable and he always thinks before he dribbles, that's what I like. Afterwards, he can make differences anytime while dribbling. " And not just when dribbling, the Stade Rennais player's vision is also one of his great assets.

Pierre Ménès, consultant for Canal +, is also admiring the talent of Camavinga. "This kid knows how to do everything", the columnist recently dropped. Maybe even a little too much! "When he's not there, that's where you see how essential he is," Ménès also said. This is indeed one of the problems of this Stade Rennais. At the start of the 2019-2020 season, the Rennais, after a big month of August, had a very complicated series. Ten matches without a win, from September 1 to October 27, in which Eduardo Camavinga kept the team at the height of his 16 years. While Julien Stéphan's days on the Stade Rennais bench seemed numbered, the young midfielder took the game on his own by pulling his teammates up and avoiding hard defeats to his own. At 16, he was already the essential boss of the team and each of his rare absences was felt.

Can Stade Rennais do without Camavinga?

The 2020-2021 season at Stade Rennais started on exactly the same basis with one match in particular. In Lille, against LOSC, on the very first day of Ligue 1, the Rouge et Noir, led 1-0, only returned to the match thanks to the thunderous entry of Camavinga, author of a winning deviation for the equalizer of his team. It's simple, since the start of the previous season, Stade Rennais have played 50 matches, including 41 in which Eduardo Camavinga took part. Of these 41 games, the SRFC has won 23, for 9 defeats and 9 draws. The other nine matches without Camavinga ended with just 3 wins, a draw and 5 losses. Julien Stéphan's team therefore wins more than 56% of its matches when the young international is on the pitch.

But Wednesday evening in Sanchez-Pizjuan, it will therefore be necessary to do without Eduardo Camavinga, visibly tired lately and therefore the victim of a crutch against Angers, which could therefore benefit Clément Grenier, back after being put in the closet for a long time. months ago only a few days when the Stade Rennais moved to Dijon (1-1). Julien Stéphan could have decided to start him in the midfield alongside Steven Nzonzi and Benjamin Bourigeaud. But UEFA announced the suspension of Nzonzi this afternoon for tomorrow's game. Stéphan will therefore have to deal with Grenier, Bourigeaud and potentially James Léa-Siliki or Jonas Martin, back from injury, just as he can entirely change his system of play. A return of 3-5-2? Stéphan is thinking about it, according to comments always reported by Clément Gavard: "I still need to think about it tonight, tonight ... This five-person system, we haven't used it for many months so I need a reflection time." The coach of the Rouge et Noir can also take a new rabbit out of his hat, by offering the last born of the nuggets of the Breton training center a first that he will never forget. Indeed, Julien Stéphan called for the first time the very young Lesley Ugochuckwu (16 years old), who took Camavinga's place on the plane to Seville.

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