Ola Toivonen is optimistic that his good start as a Rennes player will continue in Saturday's Ligue 1 derby clash with Brittany rivals Guingamp at the Stade de la Route de Lorient.
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Since joining Rennes in January from Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven, Sweden international Toivonen has played five times for his new club, experiencing only one defeat and scoring four goals.
And the 27-year-old, quoted on www.staderennais.com, said: "I did not expect anything in particular.
"I came here to play football, to regain my fitness.
"We started to build a dynamic with the game against Lille (in which he made his Rennes debut and the team drew 1-1).
"We then took four points (from a 2-0 win over Lyon and 2-2 draw with Montpellier) although there was also the (3-1) defeat at Ajaccio.
"We now have a solid defence and a good offence and we will continue on this path Saturday."
Asked if he was in his best shape, Toivonen - whose last outing saw him score in another Brittany derby, a 3-0 triumph at Nantes - said: "I feel better.
"I'm a little tired late in the game but I work to play 90 minutes. Mentally, the last goal (scored in the last few minutes) against Nantes helped me."
And on his effectiveness, he added: "It surprises me a little. Before I played as a midfielder, now I'm a striker.
"Therefore, I have a little less defensive work and I can focus on finishing."
Meanwhile, Guingamp coach Jocelyn Gourvennec feels the rivalry between his club and Rennes is a "healthy" one and has stressed that he views the two as being in different weight categories.
Gourvennec, quoted by L'Equipe, said: "Philippe (Montanier, the Rennes coach) and I are not the type to put the fire out before the match.
"But it's quite healthy. There is no animosity between the players or between presidents.
"There is competition between the fans but both teams are not boxing in the same category.
"They have experienced players in Ligue 1 and a budget twice ours."