AS Monaco – Olympique Lyonnais: Jardim Goes Back To Basics As Monaco Turn Their Season Around (2-0)
Sometimes in football, all you need is a bit of luck. For AS Monaco, earlier this season, it seemed that luck had completely abandoned them: injuries and a complete lack of form all contributed to an unexpected relegation dogfight. However, since Monaco turned back the clock and reappointed Leonardo Jardim as manager, nothing can seemingly go wrong, their win over Lyon being the latest of a remarkable story of their brilliant recovery.
Tactical analysis and match report by Carl Carpenter.
While this match was no doubt important for Olympique Lyonnais, following a hard-fought draw in their midweeks Champions League match against Barcelona, Lyon came into the game with many players in the red zone, physically. Because of this, manager Bruno Génésio left out a number of first-team regulars and slightly altered his 4-2-3-1 shape into more of a 4-3-3 formation. Memphis Depay and Ferland Mendy were both rested. Nabil Fekir, so often the key linchpin occupying the number ten role in Lyon’s set-up, was also absent.
Instead, Lyon Génésio fielded a midfield three of Tanguy Ndombele, Houssem Aouar and Lucas Tousart. Martin Terrier and Bertrand Traoré would provide important width to the attack. Génésio’s football is built around being strong in the game’s transitional moments, so this attacking trident would be key for Lyon.
As mentioned previously, Monaco’s season has been filled with instability, however Jardim has brought some of that back formation-wise and stylistically. Matching Lyon’s shape in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Monaco were able to do something they have not . . .