LOSC Lille – Paris-Saint Germain: Lille Demolish PSG Thanks To Early Red Card And Counterattacking (5-1)
Sunday’s match saw a battle between the two most attack minded clubs in Ligue 1, with attacking cores which are capable of scoring goals in buckets. What unfolded certainly lived up to its billing, as Lille produced a shock result and made PSG put their title celebrations on hold, after coming up with a scintillating second half display to take advantage of PSG’s slip-ups.
Tactical match report and analysis by Carl Carpenter.
Entering Sunday evening’s match, Paris Saint-Germain only required a solitary point to confirm their sixth straight Ligue 1 title. Lille, the second-placed club in France, only had pride to fight for. The pride in denying PSG the title for another weekend. And, of course, keeping Lyon off their backs.
Noticeable absentees such as Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Marquinhos, Ángel Di María and Adrien Rabiot left PSG manager Thomas Tuchel with a number of dilemmas in regards to how to approach the match. The German opted for a 3-5-2 shape, which is not uncommon this season, although the formation came with some wrinkles. Dani Alves played in the midfield three, Colin Dagba slotted into center-back and Julian Draxler (nominally a wide or central attacking player) joined Kylian Mbappé up top.
Lille on the other hand had few injuries and suspensions to deal with, and as a result, fielded a full strength eleven. Jonathan Bamba, Loïc Rémy, and Nicolas Pépé formed what has been one of the strongest attacking units this season for Christophe Galtier: Xeka and Thiago Mendes sitting deep in the center of midfield to provide balance and cover whenever their teammates expressed themselves going forward. Against a side like PSG who would look to monopolize . . .