FC Barcelona – Olympique Lyonnais: Lyon’s Mirrored Setup Backfires To Devastating Effect (5-1)

Bruno Génésio’s Lyon went for an ambitious man-for-man approach in the second leg of their tie with FC Barcelona. Because of Lyon’s poor execution of the matching system and the clear division in individual quality, Barcelona were able to comfortably wipe aside the French underdogs.

Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.

Barça boss Ernesto Valverde made just three changes to the side that beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 at the weekend, although it might have been four, had it not been for a knock Ousmane Dembélé picked up in that clash. Elsewhere in the starting eleven, Ivan Rakitić returned in place of Arturo Vidal whilst Sergi Roberto and Clément Lenglet were brought into the defense.

Génésio made lots of changes to his team. A change of system – now a 3-4-1-2 as opposed to a 4-3-3 – and the return of Lyon’s star names meant that only the likes of Moussa Dembélé, Lucas Tousart, Ferland Mendy, Jason Denayer, Marcelo and Anthony Lopes kept their places from the eleven that only managed a 2-2 draw away to RC Strasbourg on Saturday.

Early problems for Lyon
Both in and out of possession, Lyon set themselves up in their 3-4-1-2 formation. A brave decision by Génésio, who chose to hammer and tong with Barça. From the start, there were some problems with this approach, however.

In possession, their plan backfired mostly because they had done the . . .

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Peter (20), lives just outside of London. He’s been writing about tactics and such for over a year now, contributing to a couple of sites during that time. His main club is Arsenal but he’s also followed Real Betis quite heavily since Quique Setién took over last year. This form of writing has become a great passion of his and, although he’s unsure of what his end aim is, he’s enjoying being given new opportunities to continue doing so. [ View all posts ]

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