“We’re missing something, (…) we don’t necessarily deserve better,” said Arnaud Kalimuendo, the Rennes striker, held in check in Lille (2-2) on Sunday while the club led 2-0 ten minutes from the end of the match.

The Stade Rennais scorer, who scored the Bretons’ second goal, gave a frank assessment of the situation of his club, which dropped two points at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy during the 25th day of Ligue 1. “It’s a scenario that repeats itself, not just this season necessarily, even in previous seasons, he assured. We have to learn quickly because what makes the difference compared to the teams in front of us is that they manage to maintain this kind of result.

“There are positives in this match, everything is not to be thrown away,” nuanced the 22-year-old player.

For his part, Losc coach Paulo Fonseca said he was “happy with the mentality of the players, but not with the result”. He was also satisfied with the energy generated by the five starters: “We played on Thursday, a few players were tired and I admit that the team needs fresh legs. The players who came in changed the game, that’s the mentality I want.”