Olympique Marseille – Stade Rennais: André Villas-Boas Turns The Tactical Tables (1-1)

It was a game of two halves between two similar teams on this season’s beginning. Rennes scored a somewhat lucky goal in the first half despite a tactical domination, then Marseille changed their system to get back into the game in the second half. 
Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr.

Respectively 7th and 9th in the Ligue 1 table before the game, Marseille and Rennes have had a similar level of performance, yet with different dynamics. Marseille had a shaky start to life under André Villas-Boas,, but then the team seemed to be progressing collectively, despite the recent suspension of Payet.

Without their playmaker, Marseille lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Strootman and Rongier in a double pivot, 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. Sanson as a number ten, Sarr on the right wing, while Germain (a central striker) was on the left and Pipa Benedetto upfront. 

As for Rennes, they started the season with three wins in three games, yet recently the mediocre series of results put the team in a mid-table position. Against Marseille, manager Julien Stéphan chose to go back to his successful 5-3-2 system after some unfortunate results when he went for a 4-4-2 formation. Therefore, the line-up was Gelin-Silva-Morel in the back three, Bourigeaud-Martin-Camavinga in midfield along two wing-backs and two strikers. 

A shared possession but Rennes dominated tactically 
Rennes are not a team with a very clear style of play. Although we know Stéphan likes . . .

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