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Garcia plays down expectations for Rennes trip

Lille coach Rudi Garcia says he would accept a draw away to Rennes despite his team’s opponents sitting 18th in Ligue 1.

Garcia’s side have started their new campaign slowly with one victory and four draws from six matches to leave them 12th on the table with seven points.

Rennes have just four points and sit in Ligue 1’s relegation zone but while many would consider Friday’s clash as a must-win for Lille, Garcia remains convinced of the quality of the home side and has played down expectations for his team’s trip to north-west France.

“A draw away is never a bad result so I would not be disappointed with a draw at Rennes, because it is a big team, even looking at the (league) rankings,” Garcia said.

“Rennes as Lille are not two big teams (in terms of current position in Ligue 1) but yes, we need some points, but Rennes need points too.

“We must be inspired enough to win, problem is that only one team can win and not both of us.”

Lille’s poor start to the season has also been evident in the Champions League, where they lost their opening group match 3-1 to visiting BATE Borisov.

However, Garcia remains confident in his team and maintains Lille will attack against Rennes.

“We’ll go for a win as always (but), after following the context of the game, if Rennes are better, we’ll be satisfied with a single point,” the 48-year-old said.

“All the teams do the same in Ligue 1 but for sure we’ll go up there with ambition and motivation hopefully.”

A victory could see Lille move up to seventh in Ligue 1 depending on other results.

Thu 27 Sep, 2012
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