AS Saint-Étienne – Olympique Lyonnais: Splurge Of Offense Wins Derby In Last Minute (1-2)
Reverting back to a 4-2-3-1 formation did not seem the brightest of moves by Lyon’s manager Bruno Génésio at first. His team looked lifeless, uninspired and sullen for a large part of this match. Luckily for Génésio, there is always a plan B that can be executed when you are coaching Lyon – ‘Throw on all of your attacking talent and see what happens’. This time, that plan resulted in a last-minute winner from Moussa Dembélé.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
There is no love lost between AS Saint-Étienne and Olympique Lyonnais. Their derby encounters are one of the most anticipated matches that Ligue 1 has to offer, as the two clubs are only separated by fifty kilometers or so. It pits France’s most decorated club, in Saint-Étienne, against the nouveaux riches from Olympique Lyon; the Rhône against the Alps; blue collar versus white collar. Since Saint-Étienne were third in the table and Lyon were fourth, there was also significance in the league, not just in the sentiments of the fans.
Last season, the ugly side of this derby was there to see for the whole world. After scoring his team’s fifth goal of the match, Lyon’s captain Nabil Fekir saw it fit to celebrate by displaying the back of his shirt to Saint-Étienne’s ultras. After that, the pitch was invaded and the remainder of the . . .