Nantes – AS Monaco: Ben Yedder’s Goal Separates Teams In Tight Encounter (0-1)
Monaco’s 3-5-2 system at times proved relatively effective in manipulating Nantes’ defense and creating forward passing routes to the strikers and attacking midfielders. They earned themselves a first half goal, which would end up being the winner. This was not for lack of effort from Nantes, who increasingly imposed themselves on the game with some dangerous wing-play but were ultimately unable to find the finishing touch.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
With ten games gone in this Ligue 1 season, one of the main surprises to be found when looking at the standings is Nantes’ position. They currently occupy second place, trailing PSG by five points. Most would find this quite unexpected from a team that finished mid table last season.
Nantes have achieved this position primarily by grinding out 1-0 wins – five out of their six wins this season have ended in that scoreline. They came into this game with the third best defensive record in Ligue 1 with six goals conceded, albeit on the back of some defensive overperformance with 9.0 expected goals The amount of goals a team is expected to score based on the quality of the shots they take. conceded. Their attacking record meanwhile is fairly average, as they are yet to break double figures for goals scored.
Coach Christian Gourcuff’s side lined up in a 4-4-1-1 system. On the left side of midfield was Levante loanee Moses Simon, while Kader Bamba lined up on the right. Leading the line as striker was Kalifa Coulibaly, Nantes’ top scorer so far in the season. Behind him . . .