LOSC Lille – Ajax: Dutch Efficiency In Both Boxes Enough To Secure Win (0-2)
Against an already eliminated Lille, Ajax had to win to secure their positions as leader of group H. Despite not having their best game in the season, the Dutch were efficient at both ends of the field. Lille created a few good chances, without converting.
Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr.
Already eliminated from all European competitions after earning solely one point in four games, Lille had no competitive stake playing this game against Ajax. Yet they did not give the game away. Manager Christophe Galtier fielded his best starting eleven, opting to go back to the 4-4-2 system, after a spell in a 5-3-2 shape, like last time out against PSG. Victor Osimhen was back in the squad and started up front, alongside Jonathan Ikoné in a second striker or number ten role.
Manager Erik ten Hag deployed his vintage 4-2-3-1 shape. However, with the double red card for the central defense against Chelsea, Ten Hag had to line up the Lisandro Martinez - Perr Schuurs duo, like he tried during the beginning of the season. The double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. in midfield was composed of the all round Donny van de Beek and the versatile right back Noussair Mazraoui, leaving Ziyech in the number ten role behind Tadi . . .