This week, Olympique Lyonnais calmly prepared for their match at the Orange Vélodrome. Meanwhile, the Marseilles themselves met Tottenham on Tuesday night in a game crucial to their survival in the Champions League. But the Phocaeans lost 2-1 to the Spurs, who were therefore eliminated from C1 and C3. On Sunday night, Igor Tudor’s men, who have much more minutes in their legs, therefore chained themselves against Gones. And frankly, we wondered for 45 minutes, or even longer, which team had played this week.
The locals physically ate Lyonnais, in the hard one. It’s not really a surprise as Laurent Blanc has explained several times since he took over on October 9 that his players weren’t ready yet. problematic. He remembered it again on Friday at a press conference. “We are still not sufficiently armed. Marseille will also be on this record. We have a deficit but we have to offer something more. The athletic is often connected to the command that is the head. We have an offensive team, more than a defensive one. We have very young players in defence…”
Laurent Blanc had changed his system
To try to compensate for this athletic deficit but also to contain the Olympic midfielder, the president had decided to bet on a 4-4-2 on Sunday night. He therefore left the 3-5-2 he had put up to try another option, he, who had not been convinced by his system during last week’s miraculous victory against LOSC when his team was successfully beaten in the 4 -4-2 in the second half (1-0). Blanc therefore lined up Anthony Lopes with the Tagliafico-Lukeba-Boateng-Gusto quartet opposite him. Predicted to be in the eleven, Sinaly Diomandé, back from suspension, paid the price for this tactical choice.
In the middle, the Lyon coach relied on Thiago Mendes, Johann Lepenant, Maxence Caqueret and Houssem Aouar. Regarding the latter, Caqueret was eccentric on the right and Aouar on the left. Opposite, no surprise since Moussa Dembélé and Alexandre Lacazette were established. But the two men had practically nothing to eat in the first half. They did not meet in the circles, generous in the effort but very close offensively and shaken. The established system did not really provide the desired balance. At the break, Aouar, who lost a handful of balls, was replaced by Jeff Reine-Adelaide, interesting.
tweaks during the game
Karl Toko Ekambi came on in place of Moussa Dembélé, who had lowered Samuel Gigot’s marking. But his strike partner, Alexandre Lacazette, was not necessarily more successful on Sunday night. Still, Laurent Blanc hoped that KTE would bring their percussion and their ability to go deeper. And the speed that he brought was interesting, he who had chances (62 in particular). Despite everything, OL did not make it. After Boatang’s injury, replaced by Diomandé in the 69th minute, the Lyon coach tried everything with Cherki’s tackle, who wanted to do too much, and Tetê instead of Caqueret and Lepenant in the 76th minute.
But the two participants were not up to the task. Therefore, Laurent Blanc did not find the solutions in Marseille, he who tried everything to score a goal and leave the Vélodrome with at least one point. After the match, the coach, gathered against some of his players, spoke about his tactical options and his lost bet. “The system is not a problem. We played four tonight, everyone thought we’d play five. The system is one thing, the animation another. There are players for that. Some are made to defend, others are meant to cheer. At first, they were not in it”. Then he got harder afterwards.
A bet that did not pay off
“When you come here and only play half time, it’s hard to come home with points, I told the players. In the first part, in the use of the ball, we were mediocre, too mediocre. When we get the ball back, we only make bad decisions, for example, in a three-on-one after a corner for them. We make the wrong decisions at the wrong times. We picked up the balls and returned them in thirty seconds. In the second half, the game was choppy, Marseille didn’t offer much game, they defended well. Being more serious with the ball, honestly, one point, you could take it with no problem. In the second half we had control, without being immune to a counterattack..
Finally, he indicated that his team had been a little better on the way back from the locker room. “It was better in the second half, Marseille was probably less effective in its defensive relief”. But his OL did not know how to take advantage of it. “Offensively we have players who score goals, we have them at Lyon, now we have to highlight them, and score goals for them, that’s the most complicated thing. The animation on the sides was less good than in Montpellier, for example. Therefore, OL will have to proofread his copy before Nice’s receipt on Friday. Laurent Blanc, who is not a magician, hopes to find the right formula to successfully close this first part of the season.