English clubs in the group stage were rarely interested in the Europa League. We probably don't even have to talk about the Conference League. So it is no surprise that the only English representative in UEFA’s youngest competition, Tottenham, will take their performance in the group stage relatively relaxed.
According to the announcements from the British media, Spurs will play in a combined team against Rennes in France (Thursday, 18.45). Heung-min Son and Eric Dier did not travel with the team at all, by the decision of Espirito Santo, as well as Ryan Sessegnon, who was injured.
That's why there sis Steven Bergwijn, who has just recovered from an ankle injury, and who needs minutes to get into the rhythm. The last break during the matches of the national teams Lo Celso, Cristiano Romero and Davinson Sanchez spent in Croatia, without the club's permission, and now they have to be quarantined.
They were automatically dropped from the list for the trip to France, and they will be suspended, because they violated the club rules. In London, they have to think about the duel with Chelsea next weekend in the Premier League, so most likely Harry Kane will stay on the bench.
However, Rennes is not in the strongest lineup either. Martin Terrier has problems with the thigh muscle, Jeremy Doku, Lovro Majer and Birger Melling are also injured. Since the beginning of the season, Loic Bade has received two yellow and one red cards, in six matches in the season.
He didn't really play against Reims last weekend due to suspension. The 21-year-old defender is expected to be in the last line of the French team against Tottenham, but if he turns yellow again early, it will be a problem for Rennes.
Fortunately for Bade, Turkish referee Halis Ozkahya is not considered an overly strict referee. In eight matches this season, he took out a total of eight yellow cards, and never a red one. Tottenham and Rennes have never met before, but Tottenham's duels with the French are not unknown.
They most often played against Lyon (two wins, a draw and a defeat) and Monaco (win, two draws and a defeat), while they met Nantes twice (victory and defeat). Tottenham is Rennes' fourth English club to meet. So far, they have crossed swords with Aston Villa, Arsenal and Chelsea, and they have never managed to eliminate any of them from international competitions.
It is certain that this will be the most interesting match of the first colleague of the UEFA Conference League, although both teams will combine their first XI.