PSG – Olympique Lyon: ten-versus-ten is not fun when you are playing against Kylian Mbappé (5-0)

A first half red card for both sides upset the dynamics of this game. PSG – Olympique Lyon offered top players more space and time on the ball than usual. Kylian Mbappé took full advantage, scoring four goals to dominate the headlines. Apart from that, this match also offered interesting insights into Tuchel’s tactical thinking for the season.

In France, PSG are in a Ligue of their own. Eight matches, twenty-four points. Speaks volumes, doesn’t it? In those eight matches, manager Thomas Tuchel has experimented with different formations both in and out of possession, varying with player roles as well.

Against Lyon, PSG’s started in a somewhat traditional 4-2-3-1 formation. Marquinhos – in who Tuchel sees a holding midfielder – played in the double pivot alongside Marco Verratti. The scary trio of Ángel Di María, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé was deployed just behind prolific striker Edinson Cavani. Veteran Gianluigi Buffon got the nod in goal, as the goalkeeper spot at PSG is rotated.

Olympique Lyon’s results have been a mixed bag so far. They have four points from two matches in the Champions League – beating Manchester City in the process – but struggle to perform consistently in Ligue 1. The exciting 4-4-2 diamond formation from last season has not been used as much anymore, as manager Bruno Génésio is now back to a 4-2-3-1 system. In defense, this transitions into a 4-4-1-1 shape.

PSG’s positioning and general movements in possession


Disastrous opening phase for Lyon

In the first ten minutes of the match, Lyon went 1-0 down and lost their best player. As early as the second minute, both captains collided . . .

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Erik Elias (25) is co-founder and chief editor of Between The Posts. Dutch, so admires Johan Cruijff and his football principles, but enjoys writing about other styles as well. Former youth coach. Scout. 'Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.' [ View all posts ]

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