AS Monaco – Olympique Lyonnais: Lyon Endure Late Chaos To Bolster Champions League Hopes (2-3)
The battle at the top of the table gifted viewers an exciting five-goal contest. The fluid Monaco system often matched that of Lyon while also creating advantages in the wide areas. Lyon threatened space well and great efforts by their star man highlighted a frenzied end to the clash.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Ligue 1’s leading pair Lille and Paris Saint-Germain won their respective contests leaving the stage for the two other contenders during this huge Sunday evening showdown. This was also a clash between two of the more prominent sides in France as Monaco hosted Lyon. Monaco were five points off the top while Lyon were a further four points behind their hosts. The latter had a massive setback in their previous league outing, losing at home to Lille off the back of a French Cup exit to Monaco. Monaco grabbed a narrow win against Angers in the previous week. Defeat for Lyon would effectively signal the end of the Champions League hunt while Monaco looked to maintain a title presence.
Monaco manager Niko Kovač put his side out in a 4-4-2 formation. Benjamin Lecomte was in goal while Djibril Sidibé, Guillermo Maripán, Axel Disasi and Caio Henrique were at the back. Ruben Aguilar, Cesc Fàbregas, Youssouf Fofana and Aurélien Tchouaméni were the four behind the striking duo of Kevin Volland and Wissam Ben Yedder.
Led by Rudi Garcia, Lyon set out in their 3-4-3 shape. Anthony Lopes was backing up the back three of Jason Denayer, Marcelo and Matteo De Sciglio. Maxwel Cornet and Léo Dubois flanked the central midfielders, Maxence Caqueret and Thiago Mendes. Memphis Depay, Lucas . . .