Stade Rennais – Lille OSC: Systems clash in tightly fought-out draw (1-1)
This match was all about marginal gains. Both Stade Rennais and Lille OSC set up in 4-4-2 formations that were largely enough to dim each other’s attacking threats. Small tactical adjustments were thus key to improving attacking successes, since cracks gradually started to seep through.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Julian Stéphan’s Rennes have boasted a more-than-decent start to the 2019/20 season, as they locked horns with last season’s runners-up Lille. With Paris Saint-Germain still yet to play their away match against Olympique Lyonnais, both sides were in prime positions to temporarily move to the top of the table, if not just level in Lille’s case.
The home side’s manager named a changed eleven to the one that was held here, at the Roazhon Park, by Celtic in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. Jérémy Gélin replaced Damien da Silva in the center of defense and in midfield, Benjamin Bourigeaud and sixteen-year-old sensation Eduardo Cavaminga were the replacements for Clément Grenier and Jonas Martin at the heart of the midfield. Raphinha dropped back from his striking position to a wide role with Romain Del Castillo thus partnering M’Baye Niang up top instead.
Christophe Galtier’s side – who have already experienced some topsy-turvy form with three wins all followed by losses immediately after – suffered even more so in their 3-0 away defeat at Ajax in their UEFA Champions League group opener. Galtier named just two changes from the lineup that started in Amsterdam, with Luiz Araújo getting . . .