Olympique Lyonnais – LOSC Lille: Defenses Prevail, Yet Deflections And Errors Lead To Four-Goal Draw (2-2)

Lyon enjoyed over sixty percent of possession, yet Lille succeeded in making this a game of few chances. Goals from rare mistakes and circumstantial deflections led to a high scoring draw.

Tactical analysis and match report by Siddarth Ramsundar.

A fair criticism of Ligue 1 as a competition is that it misses a stable of clubs that, in terms of quality, fall in the category of, say, Valencia, Arsenal, Internazionale and Bayer Leverkusen. Due to a host of reasons - most poignant: finances -  every team behind PSG feels less than in the other four big competitions, making France the fifth-best league of Europe’s top five.

This match would serve up a nice clash between the two clubs that, together this season, have come closest to chasing PSG. Since Lyon have been horribly inconsistent this season, Lille entered this game six points ahead of them, looking to secure automatic qualification for the Champions League. Lyon have had a mixed season so far, getting worse in the league and going out to Barcelona in the Champions League. Manager Bruno Génésio is set to step down at the end of the season. Still, their attack is behind only PSG’s in France, creating the second most expected goals in Ligue 1.

Lille’s formula for success looks a little different. The side has been in second place since December, largely thanks to the efforts of winger Nicolas Pépé. The Ivory Coast international had a gigantic combined 31 goals and assists in the league going into the game, propelling a defense that has conceded the fewest expected goals in Ligue 1.

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