AS Monaco – LOSC Lille: A Goalless Draw As Lille And Monaco Neutralize Each Other (0-0)

Monaco’s different defensive shapes kept a Lille side lacking buildup ideas quiet. Lille showed they are masters of the  defensive fundamentals in their 4-4-2 block, neutralizing Niko Kovač’ 3-4-2-1 shape. The game became at times anarchic but neither the players nor the coaches could find a way to give their team the incredibly valuable win.

Tactical analysis and match report by Thanos Chelas

With Olympique Lyonnais having drawn against Stade de Reims the previous day, it was a great opportunity for Monaco to take a win and diminish the difference to the last Champions League place to only two points.

Lille travelled all the way from the French north with the fear of losing their lead as they knew PSG were playing later in the day against the disappointing Nantes.

Monaco manager Niko Kovač decided to field a first eleven without many surprises, as Aleksandr Golovin and Kevin Volland supported Wissam Ben Yedder up top. The impressive defensive midfielder youngster duo of Youssouf Fofana and Aurélien Tchouaméni protected Axel Disasi, Guillermo Maripán and Benoît Badiashile, while Caio Henrique and Ruben Aguilar occupied the wing-back positions in a 3-4-2-1 buildup shape.

Christophe Galtier on the other side, decided to support the striker Jonathan David with the trio of Timothy Weah, Jonathan Bamba and Jonathan Ikoné. A few meters behind them, the double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. of Renato Sanches and Benjamin André protected a defensive line of Mehmet Çelik, José Fonte, Sven Botman and Reinildo. 

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