Olympique Lyonnais – Toulouse: Set-Pieces Settle Battle At The Bottom (3-0)

Olympique Lyonnais sat bottom of the table and without a permanent manager as they hosted Toulouse, in a contest between two teams that would have set their sights at the start of the season on the European positions. This was a game that lived up to its billing as it was settled entirely by one team’s ability to defend set-pieces. 
Tactical analysis and match report by Nick Hartland

There were reports this week that if Lyon were to finish in a relegation play-off position their home leg would be under threat from a Taylor Swift concert scheduled at the same time, but that would rely on Les Gones picking up victories when currently they have only one to their name. Bottom of the table and looking ever disastrous there is still some hope for the former champions, but not much

The search for the third permanent manager of the season is well underway in Lyon, but until then Pierre Sage remains in the role on an interim basis, as he went with a 3-4-2-1 shape. Anthony Lopes was in goal behind the back three of Duje Ćaleta-Car, Dejan Lovren, and Jake O'Brien. In midfield, Maxence Caqueret and Corentin Tolisso were flanked by the wing-backs Nicolás Tagliafico and Clinton Mata. Up front . . .

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Nick Hartland is a freelance writer focusing on French football. You can find him @NickHartland_ on Twitter. [ View all posts ]


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