RC Strasbourg – Olympique Lyonnais: Lyon’s inconsistency costs them two points (2-2)
Lyon were predicted to have a tough game against Strasbourg, even when the host have not been themselves recently. Lyon’s first half performance saw them easily dominate Strasbourg by pressing high up the pitch and provoking errors. In the second half, Strasbourg turned the game around using a fast-paced attacking style of football. Two goals in just a matter of a minute formed a perfect reward for their efforts.
Tactical analysis and match report by Daryl Gouilard.
Thierry Laurey’s Strasbourg started their season very well. Starting out as a relegation contender, they defined every expectation by residing in the top half of the league table. As a crown on their already impressive season, they have reached the Coupe de la Ligue final. On their impressive run to Stade Pierre-Mauroy, they have eliminated big names such as Lille, Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique Marseille. Recently, the thick of the season seemingly caught up with Strasbourg, who had a dip in results with two draws and three losses. The reason was due to the absence of some key defensive players which forced Laurey to change the defense continuously.
Strasbourg lined up in a familiar 3-5-2 formation, with Laurey’s preferred back three returning to the starting lineup. This was the first time that Lamine Koné, Stefan Mitrović and Pablo Martinez started together since their lost against Saint-Étienne, one month ago. Anthony Caci and Kenny Lala started off as wing-backs. Former Nantes man Adrien Thomasson completed the midfield that consists of Sanjin Prcić and Youssouf Fofana. Ludovic Ajorque replaced topscorer Lebo Mothiba to form the front line with Nuno Da Costa.
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