FRENCH LIGUE 1

Geoffroy-Guichard, France

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St Etienne

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 22'
  • Renaud Cohade 49'

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St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier is frustrated that his team's form so far this season is not mirrored by their current position in Ligue 1.

ASSE are on a run of four unbeaten matches and boast the second best attack and defence in the competition ahead of tomorrow's home match with Rennes.

However, they lie just 10th in the standings and Galtier is annoyed that they have not always turned good performances into points.

``It's infuriating,'' he told www.asse.fr.

``Compared to the number of goals scored and conceded, our 10th place is not logical.

``But it is also because we have not been able to win some games, especially at home where we have a points deficit.

``We need to get a run of wins together to improve our ranking.''

A run similar to the one put together by Rennes, who have won four on the trot to climb one point and one place above their opponents.

Galtier said: ``Rennes are on a winning streak with panache. This will be an exciting match to prepare for and it will be an open game, that's for sure.

``The team which proves to be the most effective in both penalty areas will win.''

Rennes will make the trip to St Etienne without Yann M'Vila and Chris Mavinga, who remain suspended after breaking a curfew while on international duty with the France Under-21 squad almost two weeks ago.

Coach Frederic Antonetti was frank in his assessment of the situation, saying the pair could be sidelined for a long time.

``I'm very disappointed with the behaviour of both players and have serious doubts whether they have learned any lessons,'' he said on www.staderennais.fr.

``You could talk about betrayal. I had so many chats with them but it is all in vain. And I'm the person who suffers the most.

``I don't know when they will be reinstated in the squad. I have not decided yet but this could run until May 30. They will never again have my confidence as people.''

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