Olympique Lyonnais – Paris Saint-Germain: Bosz’s Bulwark Stands The Test Of Time (1-1)
Lyon and PSG might tease an exciting clash on paper between two giants, but neither team has been able to capture the imagination. Indeed, in a matchup between misfit stars and an outfit short on stardust, the hosts accepted their plight to draw up a stalemate.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.
Peter Bosz's appointment in place of Rudi Garcia constituted a bold statement. Trading pragmatism for idealism, a progressive strategic path was on the horizon. Alas, the project of the new manager came back down to earth before it even got off the ground. The exit of Memphis Depay to pastures anew created a void that any vision is yet to offset. Six points is nominally a minor gap to the top five halfway into the season, but more erratic form will complicate the task of securing European football.
On the other hand, PSG are in cruise control. Three draws in their last four Ligue 1 games of 2021 have cut their lead at the top of the table down to 10 points. Nevertheless, that margin still represents a significant source of comfort for an outfit whose concession of the domestic crown in the previous campaign was their first in four years. Their hegemony on the home front is now back in shape, but these stars must still discover a way for their talents to be much more than . . .