Niko Kovac: "End the year on a good note"
It is the last match of 2021. To conclude its year on a high, the Club will try to beat Stade Rennais this Wednesday evening (9 pm) as part of the 19th round of Ligue 1. It’s a big match against the third-placed side in the league that Niko Kovac approaches with the desire to win to spend the holidays closer to the top of the table.
End 2021 on a high
It is the last match of the year, before what will be a short break. A very solid opponent is coming to face us tomorrow, a team that are currently third and whom we are trying to catch in the table. To end the year on a good note, it would be good to win this meeting.
In good form
We lost against PSG (2-0) in our last league match, but in our last ten matches we have lost only once. We are on the right path. The game against the Red Star (2-0) was very positive, we played with a lot of seriousness and concentration and that is what we will need to do tomorrow too. It will be a tough battle, but we are also in good form.
This is a good team, the best in Ligue 1 in my opinion, with a coach who does a very good job and players who perform at a high level. They play physical, direct and fast football. I would say that there is not a star but rather a group and that is the real strength of this team. But we believe in our qualities and we will rise to the challenge.
A positive first half of the season
We want to win the match against Rennes, but overall it’s been a good first half of the season. Tomorrow will already be our 30th match of the season, which is higher than the other Ligue 1 teams, but the results have been good. Of course, with a win tomorrow we would be in even better nick. In the second half of the season, we’ll start with two months with just one match a week, which will allow us to work even harder, something we haven’t necessarily had time to do so far.
The trip to Quevilly-Rouen in the Coupe de France
I’m going to watch their match against Caen tonight. I had already watched the last Red Star match to study them. It’s a match against a Ligue 2 team, away, as our first match on January 2, so it won’t be easy, but we want to go as far as possible in this competition. We will be the favorites, but I am thinking above all of tomorrow’s match against Rennes.