Olympique Lyon – Olympique Marseille: Marseille unable to stop Lyon’s talented attackers (4-2)

Olympique Lyon capped off a tremendous week in style as they beat rivals Olympique Marseille at home in le Choc des Olympiques. The game was more entertaining and end-to-end than it was high quality. Brilliant individual performances and a clear difference in offensive efficiency set the two teams apart.

Lyon set up in the 4-4-1-1 formation that proved successful on Wednesday in Manchester. They made two changes to the midweek line-up; Leo Dubois replaced Rafael at right-back, and more importantly, Bertrand Traoré replaced Maxwel Cornet on the right side of midfield.

Olympique Marseille manager Rudi García played his regular 4-2-3-1 formation but rotated half of his outfield players after the disappointing midweek defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League. Adil Rami, Bouna Sarr, Boubacar Kamara, Maxime Lopez and Valerie Germain where replaced by Hiroki Sakai, Luis Gustavo, Jordan Amavi, Morgan Sanson and Kostas Mitroglou.

Marseille's build-up and Lyon's 4-4-1-1. The ball is displayed at the feet of central defender Luiz Gustavo.

Marseille ineffective with the ball
Marseille slightly dominated possession, but failed to turn this into meaningful offense. Their positioning in possession did not allow them to progress the ball up the field and penetrate Lyon’s defense. Wide attackers Florian Thauvin and Lucas Ocampos moved infield and operated in the halfspace If you divide the field in five vertical lanes, the half spaces are the lanes that are not on the wing and not in the center. Because there is no touchline like on the . . .

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Tristan Thomas (20) is a football coach and tactical analyst based near London, UK. He started his first online work during the 2014 World Cup and subsequently was a tactical author at Spielverlagerung.com. He is a full-time academy coach and self-confessed student of the game who is passionate about player development as well as tactical analysis. [ View all posts ]


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