AS Monaco – Olympique Lyonnais: New Look Lyon Overcome Monaco In Ligue 1 Season Opener (0-3)

Sylvinho’s Lyon won their first game in Ligue 1. After Monaco were brought down to ten men, there was nothing left in the tank to stop Lyon from controlling the entire game. By no means an offensive orgy, yet Lyon showed efficiency to win the game three goals to nil. 

Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr.

Ligue 1 kickstarted in Monaco this Friday night with an interesting game between the two big names of the French first division - apart from PSG of course. Two big clubs in very different states, mind you. 

Lyon are entering a new era with the arrival of the Brazilian duo Juninho (sporting director) and Sylvinho (head coach) at the club. This closed the Bruno Génésio chapter, (2016-2019) which brought decent-ish results, but no cup finals, being outplayed in the league by teams like Monaco and Lille, only one qualification for the Champions League round of 16, and the team never progressing collectively, despite an impressive amount of young talented players. 

On a larger scale, it is also the end of a long tradition of French managers in the club directed by Jean-Michel Aulas. The project of Sylvinho is supposed to mean the improvement of the collective principles rather than relying on individual talent like before, even more true since Fékir and Ndombélé left during the summer transfer window.

As for Monaco, they’re a team trying to come out of a nightmare. After selling their best players without sufficient replacement in 2018, the team collapsed. Jardim dismissed, Henry brought in, heavy spending in the winter transfer window, no improvement whatsoever, and Jardim eventually brought back with still . . .

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