Girondins de Bordeaux – Lille OSC: Bordeaux shuts down Lille after taking early lead (1-0)

After a furious start, Lille failed to convert one of their big chances in the first fifteen minutes. It was Bordeaux that scored the only goal of the game in this period and managed to shut down their opponents’ offense afterwards. Lille’s manager Christophe Galtier did not try anything to improve their dysfunctional offense for 75 minutes.

Lille came into this game in second place of Ligue 1, winning four of the first six games. Last season, they finished 17th after a very chaotic season, firing legendary football professor Marcelo Bielsa in the process.

His successor, Christophe Galtier, who took over in December 2017, normally sets his team up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The game at Bordeaux was no exception.

If Lille’s last season was chaotic, Bordeaux is well on their way of topping it. Manager Gus Poyet was already sacked after a press conference where he criticised the directors in all types of ways.

Bordeaux’s caretaker manager Éric Bedouet kept the 4-3-3 system that was installed by Poyet in place. One of the few positives for Bordeaux in this tumultuous period, is that they qualified for the Europa League, winning five out of six games in the qualifying rounds. They came into the game ranked 19th in Ligue 1.

The diagram below displays all twenty-two players. Lille’s positions and general movements are depicted, while Bordeaux can be seen defending in a 4-1-4-1.

Lille’s frenetic start
In the first fifteen minutes, it was very clear to pick out which team ranked near the top of the table and which team at the bottom. Lille was vigorously attacking at full speed, and Bordeaux did not have any answers.

In Lille’s 4-2 . . .

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