Paris Saint-Germain – Stade Rennais: Routine-Looking Ligue 1 Scoreline Camouflages PSG’s initial issues against a compact opponent (4-1)
Rennes showed some promising signs in their possession play and pressing as they imposed themselves on Paris Saint-Germain. However, Rennes failed to take advantage of their impressive start and could not capitalise on a few promising opportunities. Tuchel’s half-time tweaks and PSG’s brilliant attacking players ensured they overcame their slow start to extend their unbeaten run in Ligue 1.
Tactical analysis and match report by Chris Baker.
PSG set out to extend their lead at the top of the table to thirteen points after Lille’s earlier victory over Marseille had closed the gap to ten points. Tactically, PSG’s shapes alternated between a 4-4-2 base off the ball, moving into a 3-4-3/3-3-1-3 in possession. With both Neymar and Marco Verratti missing through injuries, Thomas Tuchel still had a plethora of talent at his disposal to field a very strong lineup. Kylian Mbappé was back in the starting eleven in place of Eric Choupo-Moting, while Presnel Kimpembe partnered Thiago Silva in defense with Marquinhos moving into midfield.
Julien Stéphan’s Rennes find themselves in the middle of the pack after a fairly standard season thus far. He made two changes to his side following their 0-0 draw with Montpellier in Ligue 1. Reverting back to a 4-4-2 formation, Jérémy Gélin and Mehdi Zeffane both returned in defense while Mexer and James Lea Siliki dropped out.
Both sides mirror each other’s 4-4-2 formation.
Rennes impress with compactness
Right from the start, Rennes impressed with their excellent pressing. Their aim was simple to define: central . . .