Paris Saint-Germain – Stade Rennais: Talent Overcomes A Defensive Rennes In Second Half Of French Supercup (2-1)

PSG have won their first prize of the season. After Rennes’ sturdy 5-3-2 defense took some time to overcome, PSG equalized early in the second half, before a beautiful Ángel Di María free kick decided the match. 

Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr.

China hosted the Trophée des Champions to kickstart the French season of football. Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain faced the winners of the French National Cup, Rennes, who had defeated PSG on penalties in the final, adding an extra layer to this super cup clash. 

Thomas Tuchel’s PSG is identified mainly by tactical flexibility. Julien Stéphan on the other hand - who starts his first full season as head coach for Rennes - is known more for his vertical football and good defensive organization. A formula that got the better of teams like Betis or PSG last season. 

Tuchel had tested two different tactical approaches during the pre-season friendly games. The so-called Champions League formula, with a 4-4-2 shape off the ball turning into a 3-5-2 setup in possession, and the Neymarless system, which was a more of a rigid 3-4-3 formation used after Neymar was injured last season. 

Eventually, PSG came to this game . . .

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