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 . . .