Match Excitement Rating: 7.7. There were concerns about how Lille would handle playing in Europe, but Galtier’s canny and imaginative rotation helped his team progress to the last 32 of the Europa League in relative comfort, while hardly missing a beat domestically. When PSG played the ball out to their wingers, it generally triggered a more aggressive Lyon press. Beide teams hebben een Ligue 1 achter de rug in het weekend, en zijn dus niet volledig uitgerust. Kurzawa had just won the ball back from Lyon in the moments immediately preceding this image. This image above shows us an example of Lyon’s direct style of play in Wednesday’s Coupe de France fixture. Lyon were effective at shutting PSG down during the build-up on a number of occasions here, due to their effective defensive shape, as well as their well-organised pressing. Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon). They did not win any of their first 11 matches this season so it was a big job for the former midfielder but their 3-1 win against fellow strugglers Nîmes has taken them just two points away from safety. PSG managed to regularly create the 1v1 dribbling situations that they were so effective in when they hit Lyon at pace, in transition. However, Lyon were set up in an effective manner to prevent PSG from easily breaking free on too many occasions in this game. No team looks like making a decisive break away from the title-chasing pack this season. • One can only hope, for Domenech and Nantes fans, that the club gets the sort of new-manager bounce that Dijon have enjoyed under David Linarés. Formed by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain in 1970, Paris Saint-Germain or as they call it PSG is the most successful club in French football with 31 domestic titles to their name. Lucas Tousart and Houssem Aouar played as a pair of ‘8’s in front of Lyon’s January signing Bruno Guimarães who played in the holding midfield role for this game. As stated previously, PSG struggled to create chances when building out from the back at times in this game. PSG have been running away with Ligue 1 … The club’s much-maligned owner Waldemar Kita, who has appointed no fewer than 14 managers in the last 13 years, looks set to bring in Raymond Domenech, last seen dealing with France’s infamous mutiny at the 2010 World Cup. Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain recovered from falling behind to reach the Coupe de France final with a 5-1 triumph over 10-man Lyon. March 2, 2020. However, Lyon’s press congests too much of the area surrounding both Mbappé and Neymar, resulting in the Brazilian ultimately being forced to play the ball backwards. Le PSG s'est largement imposé (5-1), ce mercredi, sur la pelouse de Lyon en demi-finale de la compétition. - Olympique Lyon akan menjalani laga besar kontra PSG di semifinal Coupe de France yang digelar di Stadion Groupama pada Kamis (5/3/2020) pukul 03.10 WIB. And not in the Marcelo Bielsa-is-in-charge-so-this-won’t-last-sense, or in the manner of Lyon’s youthful squad overachieving before an ill-timed to injury to Alexandre Lacazette that same season, or even in Monaco’s having caught lightning in a bottle four years ago. Nice 2-2 Lorient Here, we can see Lyon’s Guimarães attempting to play a pass from the central midfield out to the right-wing. 04/03/2020 Coupe de France KO 21:10 Venue Groupama Stadium (Décines-Charpieu) M. Terrier 11' (assist by K. Toko Ekambi ) 1 - 0 However, PSG struggled to create these scenarios regularly through their build-up play. PSG's Coupe de France win over Saint-Etienne tarnished by Mbappe injury. While Gourcuff was lambasted for being out of touch, or at least having old ideas, at least the veteran has largely kept in touch with club football. Despite their low pressure here, PSG deployed quite a high defensive line in this fixture. In this tactical analysis piece, we will analyse the Lyon tactics that successfully kept them level with PSG up until their catastrophic red card as well as PSG’s ultimately successful tactics from Wednesday’s fixture. By creating an offensive line of five, PSG attempted to overload Lyon’s four-man backline. Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020. Lucas Tousart and Houssem Aouar played as a pair of ‘8’s in front of Lyon’s January signing. Right-back Thomas Meunier often advanced up the pitch to join his side’s forward line, while left-back Layvin Kurzawa was the one who often found himself sitting back in the defence. Meunier’s quick movement combines with Sarabia’s run to the inside here to create a 2v1 advantage in favour of the PSG pair against Lyon left-back Marçal, who we can see hurriedly tracking back along with the rest of Lyon’s back four in this image. We can see here how Meunier and Sarabia’s link-up on the right-wing managed to draw all of Lyon’s back four over towards that side of the pitch. The image above is taken from the passage of play which directly led to Lyon scoring the opening goal of this game. Last year, Lyon lost to Rennes in the semi-final and PSG lost to Rennes in the final. All Content © 2020 Total Football Analysis Magazine. Lyon’s pressure was a key part of their game throughout the majority of Wednesday’s Coupe de France fixture. The FA Cup Fifth Round. As the Brazilian winger receives possession here, Lyon right-winger Toko Ekambi immediately gets tight to him. With the centre of the pitch often closed off, PSG frequently found themselves forced to play the ball out to the wing from their defence. 7:45 pm, Wednesday 04 March, 2020. rçal’s disastrous sending off. Marquinhos received possession of the ball just prior to this image. Les matches se dérouleront les 3 … Lyon were effective at shutting PSG down during the build-up on a number of occasions here, due to their effective defensive shape, as well as their well-organised pressing. The Brazilian attacker manages to get a shot off inside the box, however, he ultimately misses the target on this occasion. Le 4 mars 2020 à l'occasion des demi-finales de Coupe de France au Groupama Stadium, l'Olympique Lyonnais s'est incliné 5 buts à 1 face au Paris Saint-Germain. Almost immediately after receiving the ball in the passage of play being shown in this image above, Neymar is forced to play the ball back to Kurzawa, due to Lyon’s effective pressing. Rudi Garcia’s Lyon lined up in a 4-1-4-1 shape for this fixture. On this particular occasion, we can see Meunier carrying the ball from deep into the opposition half. Furthermore, Lyon’s defenders often looked to play balls such as the one we can see Marçal lining up here. rçal, who we can see hurriedly tracking back along with the rest of Lyon’s back four in this image. However, as this pass is played, it is intercepted by the pacey Mbappé, who we can see tracking back in order to intercept this pass in the image above. It’s easy to belabour their points total given the resources at their disposal, but they barely had a pre-season after the Champions League final and they have been affected by a rash of injuries and Covid-19 cases as well as a somewhat bungled transfer window. With Karl Toko Ekambi and Tino Kadewere banging in the goals, and a lack of European football to congest their fixture list, Lyon might just be favourites. • This is an article from Get French Football News• Follow Adam White, Eric Devin and GFFN on Twitter, Mauricio Pochettino set to take over at PSG after Thomas Tuchel is sacked, The mystery of Fiorentina's cult Super Mario football shirt | Emmet Gates, Tuchel's PSG sacking shows push and pull between coaching and politics | Adam White. Nîmes 1-3 Dijon Lyon played with quite a direct style in-possession of the ball in this game. To conclude this tactical analysis piece, it may be fair to say that the 5-1 scoreline doesn’t completely do Lyon justice for their performance in this game. A simulation of the upcoming match in the Coupe De France, Olympique Lyonnais vs Paris Saint Germain. But, when Burak Yilmaz scored in the 86th minute to give Lille a 3-2 win at Montpellier and take them alongside Lyon at the top of the table before the winter break, it was confirmed: Ligue 1 well and truly has a title race this season. The team’s solidity in defence and midfield allows manager Christophe Galtier to go from strength to strength in attack. While PSG often struggled to create effective attacking scenario’s throughout this game due to Lyon’s dominant defensive work, Mbappé successfully created a 1v1 dribbling scenario on the edge of the Lyon penalty are during this sequence of play. They are free from European distractions for their next half-dozen matches, all of which seem winnable, before their trip to Marseille in early February. The two full-backs worked in unison to help create PSG’s offensive shape in this game. In preparing for the League Cup final, Lyon have played four friendlies, beating Nice 1-0 and Celtic 2-1 and losing 2-0 to Rangers and 3-2 to Gent 3-2. It would seem laughable that the Dutchman would want to leave for a tilt at the Champions League with Barcelona. As we can see here, Lyon deployed an effective counter-press to begin the move which led to their opening goal. Furthermore, we can see four PSG attackers rushing into the Lyon penalty area here, while just three Lyon defenders were present at this moment. Yilmaz, Timothy Weah and Yusuf Yazici are making good on their promise after lengthy injury lay-offs, while Jonathan Bamba has been the finest wide player in Ligue 1 this season. This first image shows us the beginning of a dangerous PSG counter-attack. PSG have a lot of work to do to retain their title, By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News, Last modified on Fri 25 Dec 2020 10.32 GMT. Main referee: … This image provides us with a clear example of how PSG’s offensive line of five managed to effectively overload Lyon’s backline at times in this game. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Ligue 1 rivals Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain face off in the Coupe de France semi-finals this evening. However, Cavani and Sarabia generally held their respective positions throughout this game, with Sarabia sticking to the right-wing and Cavani holding his position as a centre forward. We can see an example of this press in action in the image above. Rennes 1-0 Metz Time: 12:10. The Spanish playmaker subsequently takes the ball further inside and goes on to play the ball towards Mbappé on the edge of the box, which is what we can see happening in the image above. There is something to be said for watching this team improve as the season goes on, but could key players, most notably Memphis Depay, be unsettled by a potential move in January? attempting to play a pass from the central midfield out to the right-wing. However, Kurzawa’s pass fell short of the mark and was quickly intercepted by Lyon right-back Léo Dubois, who we can see quickly hunting down the loose ball in the image above. On this particular occasion, we can see Neymar receiving the ball from Kurzawa on the left-wing. Firstly, this image shows us the horizontally compact nature of Lyon’s midfield during the defensive phase in Wednesday’s game. Status: Played. Lyon’s pacey attackers, such as centre forward Moussa Dembélé attempted to take advantage of PSG’s high line throughout this game, with offensive runs such as the one we can see Dembélé making here. However, neither side looks likely to sustain the strong starts they have made this season. 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