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Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti is confident his team can turn around their terrible run of form as they prepare to face local rivals Brest at the Stade Francis Le Ble.
The Breton club have picked up just two points from their last nine Ligue 1 matches and travel to Brest on the back of five successive defeats.
That appalling series of results has taken its toll on Rennes, who have slipped to 10th in the table, while their confidence took another hit last weekend with defeat to St Etienne in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue.
In addition, Antonetti's decision to step down at the end of the season, which was announced in midweek, suggests a club in turmoil both on and off the pitch.
However, Antonetti sees no reason why they cannot pick things up again over their final five league matches.
``It's part of the job. There are some very tricky times but this is the first time it has gone on so long,'' he told the club's official website.
``We must find our form as soon as possible. This is a catastrophic situation and we need to get out of it.
``I remain convinced that Rennes have some very good times ahead of them and this shows no one is safe from being in this position.''
Rennes will make the trip to Brest without defender Onyekachi Apam, who has a muscle injury, while John Boye is struggling with a groin problem.
If Rennes' situation is a cause for concern, Brest's position is considerably worse as they sit second from bottom and five points from safety.
Corentin Martins' team have lost six on the trot in Ligue 1 but Antonetti, insists they cannot be taken lightly, especially in a Breton derby.
``The situation is complicated for Brest, they need the points,'' he said.
``The match will be tough, a little more so for Rennes than for other clubs. We'll have to find the mental resources.''