Lille – AS Monaco: Monaco extend Ligue 1 unbeaten streak with late winner (0-1)
It could be argued that Lille were the better team for substantial parts of the match with their fluid attacking game. This was especially true in the first half, where they almost certainly should have gone ahead. As the game approached its end, it seemed as if the teams would end up goalless despite chances on either end, before Carlos Vinícius broke the deadlock late on.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Lille came into this game in an impressive second place position in the league. Manager Christophe Galtier started the game in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with their usual talented front four of Nicholas Pépé, Jonathan Ikone, Jonathan Bamba and Rafael Leão.
Monaco, now seemingly on the road to safety from relegation under Leonardo Jardim, started in a 4-4-2 / 4-2-3-1 formation, with Kamil Glik returning from suspension to partner Jemerson at center-back. Striker Radamel Falcao was serving a suspension of his own though, meaning a start up front for Carlos Vinícius.
Lille’s positive possession game
Monaco defended in a zonal 4-4-2 medium block. A medium block refers to a team that retreats in their own half out of possession, generally only disrupting their opponents some way into their own half. Apart from occasional bursts of higher pressure, Lille were relatively passive, in part because of Lille’s own structure which was formed from their starting point of a 4-2-3-1 formation.
From this shape, the two central midfielders would create a diamond structure between themselves and the center-backs. This was usually achieved by Mendes dropping to the right side . . .