Olympique Lyon – AS Monaco: Fluid Lyon stroll to victory against lifeless Monaco (3-0)
Lyon dominated from the start against a passive Monaco side and took an early lead. They impressed with their fluidity in possession, albeit against minimal resistance put up by Monaco. After Aleksandr Golovin’s dismissal at the start of the second half, the game was effectively over. Monaco were actually flattered by a 3-0 scoreline, given just how hopeless their performance was.
Tactial analysis Josh Manley.
Thierry Henry’s introduction to football management has been far from what he would have envisioned in his days as player, pundit or assistant manager. His Monaco side have won just two games since he was appointed as new manager in early October. That makes it three wins all season for Monaco, who currently sit in the relegation zone, despite having one of the more expensive squads in the league.
Lyon on the other hand have caught the attention of many European football fans this season for much more positive reasons. They sit fourth in Ligue 1, but the team features some of football’s most promising talent such as Ferland Mendy, Tanguy Ndombélé, Hossem Aouar and Memphis Depay.
Lyon also earned recognition for being - until last week - the only team to have beaten Manchester City in any competition this season. They went on to take a rather strange route to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by drawing all five of their remaining group matches.
Lyon made two changes from their last Ligue 1 game, which was a 2-0 defeat at home to Rennes. Firstly, Jérémy Morel was replaced at left centre-back by the Brazilian Marçal. Secondly, Tanguy Ndombélé was dropped out, having also been unable to start . . .