Olympique Lyonnais – Paris Saint-Germain: Neymar’s Brilliance Gives PSG The Victory (0-1)
In a game where Lyon did not seem able to do anything but park the bus to neutralize the Parisian forces, they managed to keep this match a goalless draw for a very long time. They had been counting their chickens before they were hatched though, as Neymar rescued PSG with a brilliant late game winner.
Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr.
Busy week for the two biggest teams in Ligue 1 as the clash of the French giants was planned in the same week the Champions League started. Both teams achieved a very different level of success, as Lyon stumbled upon a potential very inferior Zenit St-Petersburg (1-1), whereas PSG booked a prestigious victory against Real Madrid (3-0).
Historically, Lyon deliver great games at home against PSG; they managed back-to-back victories in the last two editions of this clash in the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. They were in very poor form coming into this match though, staying winless in four matches, and having a very hard time progressing the ball in their nominal 4-3-3 system. For this match, manager Sylvinho switched it up, as Lyon played in a defensive 5-3-2 shape, with a very careful approach. The three central defenders at the back were Denayer, Andersen and Marcelo (back in the team). Reine-Adélaïde, Mendes, Aouar, Reine-Adelaide in midfield and the exciting striker duo Depay and Dembélé up front.
Despite an impressive victory against Real Madrid in the UCL, PSG came to Lyon with . . .