OGC Nice – Paris Saint-Germain: Di María’s Stellar Performance Leaves Brave Hosts For Dead (1-4)
Unlike most teams in Ligue 1, Nice chose to press PSG high up the field and paid a heavy toll for that. Led by Di María, PSG dominated an eventful game of football.
Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr.
After being bought last summer by the company Ineos - directed by the British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe - OGC Nice started a new project to become one of the richest powerhouses in French Football. Ratcliffe, who found a very healthy club after seasons under Puel, Favre and Vieira, has higher ambitions for the club, which was immediately proved by the signing of Kasper Dolberg (Ajax striker), Alexis Claude-Maurice (most promising talent in Ligue 2) and also by keeping their world-class fullback, Youcef Atal.
In order to receive PSG, Patrick Vieira decided to line his team up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Claude-Maurice as number ten behind Dolberg, along with Ignatius Ganago and Pierre Lees-Melou on the wings. Atal could not play this game, as he was suspended.
Paris Saint-Germain, still weakened by injuries, started the game without Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Idrissa Gueye, Marco Verratti or Kylian Mbappé. Still, manager Thomas Tuchel decided to keep the 4-3-3 system used since the victory against Real Madrid in the Champions League with Leandro Paredes, Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia in midfield, supporting Ángel Di María, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Mauro Icardi upfront.
Nice’s interesting, yet presumptuous high pressing
PSG could have taken the lead directly after kick . . .