Girondins de Bordeaux – Olympique Marseille: Bordeaux’s tactical versatility gets the edge over Marseille (2-0)
What, in all truths, felt like a smooth Bordeaux win was actually a much closer-fought contest. Bordeaux’s persistence with their direct and effective long-ball strategy paid dividends as the inside forwards were given a lot to work with. The same could not be said for Marseille, despite some moments of encouragement, particularly from Florian Thauvin.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
The recently appointed manager of Bordeaux, Paulo Sousa, is without defeat inside his first three games at the club. He is also without victory. Sousa made three changes to the last eleven he fielded, which drew 0-0 away at Amiens SC. Those saw Yann Karamoh, Zaydou Youssouf and Younousse Sankharé make way for François Kamano, Youssouf Sabaly and Jimmy Briand.
Sinking back into their previous poor form, Rudi Garcia opted to make six changes to the side that drew 2-2 away at Angers SCO last weekend. These swaps saw the return of Dimitri Payet, as well as Steve Mandanda and Kevin Strootman.
Bordeaux's direct approach proves effective
Bordeaux assumed the natural role as the home outfit by establishing pretty firm control of possession in the opening period. In their 3-4-3 shape, they were not so precise with their short play but instead preferred to focus on using its structure to facilitate long balls. By virtue of their attacking structure, there was always a network of players setup to be available for second balls.
Bordeaux’s deep 3-4-3 structure used for playing long-balls into the wing-backs . . .