Olympique Marseille – Olympique Lyonnais: Individual Quality Once Again Sees Lyon Through (0-3)

The talent in Lyon’s squad is well known, and it helped them to a 0-3 win over Marseille. They were aided by a relatively low tactical level from Marseille though, as Lyon were able to exploit their man-marking midfield to get the first goal. Lyon were then also helped by a Marseille red card, which allowed them to extent their lead against an increasingly open Marseille side in the final minutes.

Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.

Marseille came into the game chasing a Europa League qualifier spot as they looked to go level on points with Montpellier in fifth. Having used a back three in their away draw at Strasbourg last week, coach Rudi Garcia decided on a 4-3-3 formation this time around. The midfield three included the experience of Kevin Strootman and Luiz Gustavo alongside the young academy graduate Maxime Lopez.

For Lyon, this match was pivotal in terms of securing Ligue 1’s third place. With LOSC Lille already out of sight at second place - and thus the direct Champions League spot that goes with it - Lyon are now fighting to cling on to the third place. A win in this game would open the gap between Lyon and their nearest competitors AS Saint-Étienne to four points. Coach Bruno Génésio made two changes to his line-up compared to their last game, a draw against the aforementioned Lille. Jason Denayer and Bertrand Traoré were the players to drop out, and they were replaced by Jérémy Morel and Maxwel Cornet in Lyon’s . . .

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Josh Manley (20) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]

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