AS Monaco – Olympique Marseille: Hilariously Bad Defending Rules The Day (3-4)
Both teams took turns scoring goals against terrible defensive structures, with Olympique Marseille ultimately ending up on top. While manager André Villas-Boas might be able to move past this performance, this loss might end up being fatal for Leonardo Jardim.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
AS Monaco have had a tough time of late; Leonardo Jardim, the legendary coach who led Monaco to their first league title in 2016/17, was sacked in October of last season after going winless in eight of his first nine league games. Their terrible start to the season came off the back of incredible squad turnover – they lost key players like Thomas Lemar, Fabinho, and João Moutinho – and some serious expected goals The amount of goals a team is expected to score based on the quality of the shots they take. underperformance. But football is a results-oriented sport and Monaco did not have the patience to wait for regression to the mean, In any event where a certain factor of luck is involved, like football, outcomes that differ from what one would expect based on underlying statistics are not sustainable over long periods of time. When a team starts scoring or conceding goals again in a way that is more suitable to their underlying statistics, this is an example of ‘regression to the mean’, as the unexpected results do not occur any longer. prompting them to replace Jardim with club legend Thierry Henry.
As was to be expected, the appointment was an absolute disaster. Henry had barely any experience as a coach and his questionable tactics quickly led to a full-blown crisis in the dressing room. Clearly regretting their decision, Monaco fired . . .