24 October 2019 22:42
Dan Petrescu's CFR Cluj side get set to travel to Stade Rennais tonight, and the Romanian tactician has certainly been praising the Ligue 1 giants. Rennes and Celtic met in the Europa League on matchday one. The French outfit failed to overcome Neil Lennon's side in a 1-1 stalemate. Many would be of the opinion that Celtic were the better side in that contest too. Cluj came to Celtic Park and were bossed three weeks ago in their 2-0 defeat.
It was a brutal putdown for the Romanian champions, who were taught at lesson when revenge hit them hard in Glasgow. But Petrescu, who has watched all of the teams in the group stage in action, believes a favourite can't be chosen. "The fact that Rennes haven't won in nine matches is a double-edged sword. I said that I would be happy with a point. "That's normal, Rennes is no weaker than Lazio or Celtic.
The French side may only have one point so far. However, expect that to change substantially between now and the end of the group stage. That's what makes all of these Europa League games intriguing. Whilst we do consider ourselves now to be the better team over Cluj, there's generally never much in the group stages. It's not like the Champions League, where you can almost predict who will finish where with ease.
Celtic host Lazio this evening. Lazio and Celtic face off this evening and they both share something in common this season. They have both lost to Cluj. Celtic's defeat came in the Champions League qualifiers, before they both ended up in the same Europa League group. Lazio began their Europa League campaign with a shock 2-1 defeat away at CFR Cluj. While they beat Rennes in their second game, at home, there is all to play for when they face Celtic this evening. Midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic says Celtic's atmosphere could work in Lazio's favour, citing the lack of one in Cluj as reason for their struggle. Speaking at a press conference, reported by TMW, Milinkovic-Savic said: "I can't wait to play tomorrow. We didn't do well in Cluj, there wasn't a great atmosphere like it will be tomorrow. The Italian media in the interview talked up Celtic's stadium as a 'Champions League atmosphere', and talisman Milinkovic-Savic seems up for the challenge. That could work against Celtic and go against them. They are certainly used to raucous crowds, playing in their own bitter derby with Roma, and appear ready to embrace the challenge. Mendy and Camavinga sent off as Rennes bow to CFR Cluj The Senegal and Angola players were given the marching orders as the Romanian club edged past Julien Stephan's men at Roazhon Park Edouard Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga were sent off in ' 1-0 defeat against CFR Cluj in Thursday's game. goalkeeper Mendy, who was handed his third appearance in the European competition, was given his marching orders with only five minutes into the encounter after a harsh challenge on Lacina Traore. The visitors soon capitalised on their numerical advantage as Ciprian Ioan Deac found the back of the net four minutes after the incident. M'Baye Niang had a chance to draw his side level before half-time but the Senegal striker failed to convert his kick from the penalty spot. In the 46th minute, Julien Stephan's men suffered a further blow when Angola midfielder Camavinga was shown a straight red card for a foul on Billel Omrani. The defeat ensures Rennes remain rooted to the bottom of Group E with one point from three games. The reverse fixture will take place at Stadionul Dr Constantin Radulescu on November 7. The players from Senegal and Angola received the marching orders when the Romanian club passed Julien Stephans men at Roazhon Park Edouard Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga were sent off in a 1-0 defeat by Rennes against CFR Cluj on Thursday in the Europa League. Senegal, goalkeeper Mendy, who was in the European competition for the third time, received his marching orders in just five minutes after a tough challenge against Lacina Traore. The guests soon took advantage of their numerical advantage as Ciprian Ioan Deac found the back of the net four minutes after the incident. M,amp; #39; Baye Niang had a chance of a draw before half-time, but the Senegalese striker failed to convert his penalty. In the 46th minute, Julien Stephan, men suffered another blow when Angolan midfielder Camavinga was shown a red card for a foul on Billel Omrani. The defeat ensures that Rennes remains in last place in Group E with a point from three games. The second leg will take place on November 7 at Stadionul Dr. Ing. Constantin Radulescu. Live Scores FC Stade Rennes v FC CFR 1907 Cluj - 24/10/19 ⇔ Finished Matches Results ⇔ Standings Subscribe Our lovely newsletter with match spoilers, facts, memes, headlines, into your inbox every Friday Stade Rennes vs FC CFR 1907 Cluj. We have been watching really memorable football fight. Hazardous action by Mendy, Edouard. This is a foul. The main referee shows a red card to Mendy, Edouard(Stade Rennes) at 5 minute. Del Castillo, Romain swaps Bonet, Pepe at the 7 minute. The substitution of the players of Stade Rennes at the 7 minute: Del Castillo, Romain on Bonet, Pepe. We see a foul and the y.card for Niang, Mbaye(Stade Rennes). Deac, Ciprian scored pretty memorable goal! Susic, Mateo(FC CFR 1907 Cluj) fouled on the opponent. It was dangerous action. The main ref shows the y.card to Susic, Mateo. Susic, Mateo (FC CFR 1907 Cluj) fouled. He has got the y.card. The players showed the next statistics to minute: total amount of freekicks - 8, total amount of target shots - 1, total amount of target misses - 2, total amount of offsides - 0. Raphinha(Stade Rennes) fouled on the opponent. This foul was risky tackle. The main referee demonstrates the yellow card to Raphinha. Raphinha (Stade Rennes) has fouled. He got the yellow. We see the next statistics during the first part of this football game: total amount of freekicks - 13, total amount of target shots - 3, total amount of target misses - 8, total amount of offsides - 2. Camavinga, Eduardo(Stade Rennes) is sent off the field! The player did really brute tackle and got a r.card. We see a dirty action and the y.card for Maouassa, Faitout(Stade Rennes). Bordeianu, Mihai replaces Hoban, Ovidiu at the 66 minute. The substitution of the players of FC CFR 1907 Cluj at the 66 minute: Bordeianu, Mihai on Hoban, Ovidiu. FC CFR 1907 Cluj is doing a substitution. Djokovic, Damjan swaps Paun, Alexandru at the 70 minute. The substitution of the players of FC CFR 1907 Cluj at the 70 minute: Djokovic, Damjan on Paun, Alexandru. Maouassa, Faitout replaces Lea Siliki, James at the 75 minute. The substitution of the players of Stade Rennes at the 75 minute: Maouassa, Faitout on Lea Siliki, James. Stade Rennes does a substitution. Raphinha swaps Siebatcheu, Jordan at the 80 minute. The substitution of the players of Stade Rennes at the 80 minute: Raphinha on Siebatcheu, Jordan. He shows the y.card to Susic, Mateo (FC CFR 1907 Cluj) for his unsafe action. It's the second yellow card for Susic, Mateo. He is sent off the field. Rude tackle and the 2-nd yellow for Susic, Mateo(FC CFR 1907 Cluj) at the 82 minute. Susic, Mateo is sent off the field! FC CFR 1907 Cluj decided to do a substitution. Traore, Lacina replaces Cestor, Mike at the 84 minute. The substitution of the players of FC CFR 1907 Cluj at the 84 minute: Traore, Lacina on Cestor, Mike. The 90 minute. We see a dirty action and the y.card for Arlauskis, Giedrius(FC CFR 1907 Cluj).