Olympique Lyon – Stade de Reims: Disciplined defending and possession-based attacking neutralize each other (1-1)
The match between Ligue 1’s fourth best defense in Stade Reims and the second best attack in Olympique Lyon promised to be a tactically interesting match. Olympique Lyon needed some time to find solutions against a disciplined side from Reims. Thanks to a change of formation Lyon was capable of securing a point in an entertaining 1-1 draw.
Tactical analysis by Max Bergmann.
Olympique Lyon aimed at winning further points to keep competing with Lille in the quest to become best-of-the-rest in France. Manager Bruno Génésio kept faith in the 3-4-1-2 formation that has also been deployed in the previous matches. Compared to the recent defeat against Strasbourg in the Coupe de la Ligue, Génésio brought Tanguy Ndombélé into the starting line-up as a central midfielder. Moreover, Bertrand Traoré strengthened the attack as a striker next to Memphis Depay.
Stade de Reims are one of the most surprising sides of the league. After several years in the trenches of the relegation zone, manager David Guion has stabilized the club’s performances, which led them to the ninth place in Ligue 1 so far. With a compact shape, Reims has got the fourth best defense of the league in terms of expected goals. You can explore these advanced statistics for all teams on our stats page.
In order to continue their successful defending approach, Guion deployed a 4-5-1 system against Lyon. The central defenders Björn Engels and Yunis Abdelhamid were tasked to stop the attack of the home side while wingers Mathieu Cafaro and Rémi Oudin were supposed to threaten the opposition defense in . . .