Rennes striker admits belief that they can ‘excite fans’ and fluster Milan

By Euan Burns -

Stade Rennes forward Martin Terrier has refused to believe that his team are down and out in the Europa League despite their 3-0 loss against AC Milan in the first leg. 

Speaking to French outlet Ouest-France (via Milan News), Terrier mentioned the importance of playing in front of their own fans, as well as the effect that Rennes scoring first in the game on Thursday night could have on the fans.

“The level will be high, but we know that in Europa League matches it is sometimes a matter of details and besides we are at home. If we score early, we can excite the fans and they will play in our favour,” Terrier said.

Rennes were outplayed in the first leg as Milan turned in one of their most efficient performances of the season so far, with the goals being scored by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (2) and Rafael Leao.

The Europa League represents Milan’s only realistic opportunity for a trophy this season and they will be taking it very seriously, so Stefano Pioli is still expected to be naming another strong team.

With Inter soon having the opportunity to pull out a 14-point gap over Milan in Serie A if they win their game in hand, there is no hope of catching the Nerazzurri.

Terrier was very frustrated by his performance in the first leg at San Siro, explaining that he struggled to shake the marking from the Milan defenders and midfielders.

“I was a bit frustrated with my performance. I didn’t touch the ball much, we were well-marked in front with [Arnaut] Kalimuendo, we couldn’t find each other. In this kind of match, I have to be able to create links between defenders and midfielders to try to go a bit higher,” he explained.

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