Round of 64
Even after the departures of Isaksson, Gourcuff, Källström and Frei, then Monterrubio during the winter, nothing would cast doubt on Rennes qualifying for the Champions League right up until the last game of the season (1-1), In putting their faith in the younger generation who were approaching maturity (Pouplin, Faty, Bourillon, Didot, Briand), Rennes didn’t get their first win until their 5th league match. Taking advantage of the slip-ups of Bordeaux, Lille, Monaco and Paris, Dréossi’s team somehow dragged their way back into contention for a European spot along with Toulouse. By beating them 3-2 on their way to an 11-match unbeaten run, the Bretons seemed to have done the hard part. But that wasn’t allowing for a win by default gifted to Toulouse by Nantes during on Matchday 37. A 92nd minute goal by Lille on the last day of the season dashed all hopes of a place in the Champions League. In the League Cup, Rennes missed out, beaten 0-1 at home by Reims in the Quarter Finals, and were humiliated by Romorantin (1-3) in the French Cup.