Stade Rennais – Olympique Lyonnais: Narrow Win Keeps Lyon’s Hopes Of Direct Champions League Qualification Alive (0-1)
It is fair to say that Stade Rennais against Olympique Lyonnais is one of the most intriguing clashes in Ligue 1 this weekend. Both are interesting sides to watch, with innovative and free-flowing styles of play, but severely contrasting levels of organization. This showed in today’s game, as Rennes operated from a well-drilled and compact 4-4-2 formation, while Lyon let their individual talents fly from a fluid 4-4-2 diamond system. In the end, the superior individual talent prevailed as Lyon took all three points with a very late goal.
Tactical analysis and match report by Daryl Gouilard.
Julian Stéphan is making quite a name for himself. In his first stint as manager he has turned things around at Rennes. After struggling in the first half of the season, under his management they rose from a bleak mid table position to having realistic chances of a second consecutive qualification for European football. In their Europa League campaign this season, they have beaten Quique Setién’s excellent Real Betis in the first knockout round. Later, they went out against Arsenal, after seeing a two-goal deficit overturned in the away leg.
As expected, Rennes lined up in a 4-4-2 formation. Former Sparta Prague man Tomáš Koubek continued to start in goal. Stéphan did not have his preferred defensive line as Hamari Traoré, Damien . . .