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Julien Stéphan (Rennes): “We can’t stay with both feet in the same shoe”

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Julien Stéphan (Rennes): “We can’t stay with both feet in the same shoe”

“How was the week since Toulouse (1-2)?
When you come out of a match like that, having missed a good part of the match, it’s difficult for one or two days for everyone. Afterwards, we must take refuge in work, discuss, analyze well, tell the truth about what has been done and return to the preparation for Nantes, in the work, to try to get through it.

How do you interpret this new hiccup?
Like after the match, I have the feeling that we were consistent until the goal. The equalizer had an impact on the mental dynamic of the team and we forgot the initial intentions, we got out of that.

This is the observation of a mental fragility which is not new…
I noticed a lack of confidence at the end of November when I arrived, before a very good period, so we didn’t really perceive it. It resurfaces today. It may have already existed in the first part of the season. We will fight until the end, we are in this state of mind to fight to start again. We have to fight, we are in the time of fighting, of finding solutions for that, to bounce back.

“There was a lot of effort made, physical and mental, over January-February-March, and it seems that we have a backlash at that level”

Are there any explanations for this bad situation?
You have to look for them. There was a lot of effort made, physical and mental, over January-February-March, and it seems that we have had a backlash at that level. There may be the fact that we are entering a somewhat unusual period at the end of the season, with things that can happen in the off-season. We also played a Coupe de France semi-final (0-1 in Paris), which is not common, it can also be a difficult moment to digest, it is perhaps an additional element.

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Is Nantes like a last wild card in the race for Europe?
I don’t know, in any case it’s a derby with all that that entails in terms of values, commitment, intensity, representation for the club and the public, so there is a need to be there for all that, against a revamped opponent who is playing for his position. Afterwards, we have to play, be more efficient and maintain, in the difficult moments of a match, a form of consistency in performance, attitude and efforts. »

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