OGC Nice – Olympique Lyonnais: Lyon Show Typical Inconsistency And Lose To Nice (1-0)

OGC Nice were most impressive in their pressing and midfield compactness, alongside creating a few opportunities and eventually getting the lead through a Rémi Walter penalty. In the second half, Lyon created numerous chances and took control of the flow of the game but failed to equalize as Nice put up a resilient defensive block.

Tactical analysis and match report by Chris Baker

Lyon are experiencing a fine season. They currently sit third in Ligue 1, play an exciting style of football and boast a plethora of talent in their squad. Going into this match, they had lost just once in fourteen away games in all competitions. Following on from their impressive victory over PSG, Bruno Génésio fielded the same starting eleven in Lyon’s 4-2-3-1 system.

OGC Nice went into this match following a 4-0 drubbing loss, away at Lille. Despite scoring just eighteen goals before this match, they found themselves just three points off of Montpellier in fourth place. Reverting back to their 4-3-3 formation, Patrick Vieira made two changes to his side. Walter and Myziane Maolida returned to the side while Youcef Atal and Danilo dropped out.

Both team's general positioning when Nice had the ball.

OGC Nice build-up, direct attacks and Lyon’s pressing

OGC Nice’s main formation in possession was a 4-1-2-3. Wylan Cyprien dropped ahead of the center-backs, while Adrien Tameze and Walter typically moved vertically adjacent to him, trying to find spaces in higher areas. Initially . . .

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Chris Baker (22) is a Business Coordinator. Interested in, and writes about, tactics. Coaches twice a week and aspires to work full time in football. Tries to follow most of the top teams across Europe, especially Arsenal and Barcelona. When he is not coaching or watching football, he is probably reading… about football. [ View all posts ]

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