Girondins De Bordeaux – Olympique Lyonnais: Harmless Bordeaux Stop Frustrating Lyon Side (0-0)

Against a team that presented problems in all phases of the game, Olympique Lyonnais dominated possession and wasted their chances as manager Rudi Garcia made some questionable changes in the second half. Bordeaux adjusted their defensive approach three times and, in the end, managed to get a point.

Tactical analysis and match report by Thanos Chelas.

Despite the constant transfer rumors, Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembélé and Marcelo found their way into Rudi Garcia’s starting eleven for yet another week. The first two formed two thirds of Lyon’s attacking trio in this 3-4-1-2 formation that proved successful against Dijon

The Brazilian defender found himself between Joachim Andersen and Jason Denayer and behind the very young and equally talented central midfield duo of Bruno Guimarães and Maxence Caqueret. On the wings there was the irreplaceable duo of Léo Dubois and Maxwel Cornet. 

Bordeaux manager Jean-Louis Gasset set his team up in  two different formations, but the base can be called a 4-4-2 shape. The wingers fell back so deep when defending, the defensive formation could be called a 6-2-2. When building up the shape would turn into an asymmetrical formation with three central defenders, a remnant of the Paulo Sousa era. Laurent Koscielny, Paul Baysse, Loris Benito and Youssouf Sabaly had a very difficult but successful day in the office, being constantly exposed by the defensive midfielders and seeing the front four of Hwang Ui-jo, Nicolas de Préville, Rémi Oudin and . . .

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