Nantes – Olympique Lyon: Lyon Finally Get A Win (0-1)
Lyon came home with the three points after a hard-fought win against eighth-placed Nantes, in a game that could have gone either way. They took the lead early on in the game and, despite a late red card, managed to hang on to it.
Tactical analysis and match report by Muhammad Raza.
This Ligue 1 fixture saw last season’s fourth-placed Lyon side take on last season’s number eighteen in the form of Nantes. It was also a managerial clash between two former friends, as Lyon manager Peter Bosz and Nantes manager Antoine Kombouaré played together for Toulon in the early nineties and even shared a house together for a couple of months.
Speaking of Bosz, he might have imagined his return to France differently. Lyon were in poor form going into the game with just two points from their first two games, their worst start to a season since the 1992/1993 season. Nantes on the other hand enjoyed a decent start to their season with five points from their first three games.
Lyon lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation on paper. Moussa Dembélé started as the lone striker with Houssem Aouar just behind him, while Maxence Caqueret and Bruno Guimarães operated together in holding midfield. New signing Xherdan Shaqiri and defender Jason Denayer could only make the bench as they were not deemed fit enough to start the game.
Nantes lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation themselves and saw a reversal in roles with Marcus Coco leading the line and Moses Simons on the left, which came as somewhat of a . . .