Paris Saint-Germain – Olympique Marseille: Olympians Break Nine Year Curse In Undisciplined Game (0-1)

Second in Ligue 1 last season, Marseille came to Paris with the hope of creating a surprise against a weakened PSG. After resisting defensively and taking the lead in the first half, Marseille managed their avance in what would be a chaotic second half to ensure victory against the Parisians. 

Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr

Only three weeks after losing the Champions League final in Lisbon, weird schedule conditions made PSG host the historic rivals from Marseille for the biggest game in the season already. 

After losing to Lens with a heavily weakened team due to a flurry of covid-cases in the squad, PSG could count on Neymar and Ángel Di María this time, although Keylor Navas, Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappé are still missing.

Therefore, Tuchel lined up a strikerless 4-3-3 shape with the trio Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, and Ander Herrera in midfield, along with the attacking line composed of Neymar, Di María and Sarabia. 

As for the visitors, Marseille manager Vilas-Boas chose to set his team up in their classic 4-3-3 formation with Camara, Rongier and Gueye in midfield, although he surprisingly fielded the young center-mid Maxime Lopez as false nine A striker that constantly drops deep and plays like a number ten. instead of Darius Benedetto . . .

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