Asked about Stade Rennais, his former club, in conference, Julien Stephan, coach of Strasbourg, said the good things he thought of the Pinault family, owner of the club.
It is an understatement to say that Julien Stephan holds the owners of Stade Rennais in high esteem, with whom he revealed himself and notably reached the peak of his young coaching career. Indeed, the Strasbourg coach receives his former club on Saturday (5 p.m.).
Asked at a pre-match press conference about the latest transfer window expenses for the Rennes club, with whom he won the Coupe de France in 2019, Stephan confided all the good he thought of the Pinault family, owners: “ It’s a chance, a privilege, in this club, to have a very powerful shareholder, very passionate about the club and who has the means to be able to invest so much and who has been doing so for many, many years. From year to year, the workforce develops, improves and gains experience with European Cup matches. This is why I say that it is a club calibrated at least to qualify for the Europa League, but which will, in my opinion, have the Champions League at the end of the season ”.
At the head of Rennes between 2018 and March 2021, Julien Stephan had resigned from his post as coach after a crisis of results, tired by a season marked by the Champions League. It is with another context of crisis of results that he receives Stade Rennais on Saturday, since the Alsatians (18th) are still looking for their first victory in Ligue 1 this season.