Football night and party night. On Sunday, Olympique Lyonnais welcomed Paris Saint-Germain with the firm intention of putting an end to a series of two consecutive defeats (Lorient and Monaco), while offering some play. Indeed, Peter Bosz, usually rigid and faithful to his famous 4-3-3, had decided to change his habits by opting for a 4-4-2 with an Alexandre Lacazette-Moussa Dembélé duo in front. In the middle, Maxence Caqueret and Corentin Tolisso started while Johan Lepenant, very good since his arrival, took his place on the bench. For the rest, the Dutchman did in the classic.
Les Gones, who did not wish to present themselves as victims at Groupama Stadium, hoped to get the best of the French champions by offering play. Quickly, OL cracked easily after a good combination between Neymar and Messi, scorer (0-1 , 5th). We thought then that the evening was going to be long for the Rhodaniens. Especially since it was in defense, where Bosz made no change from his usual eleven, that Lyon cracked. In the process, the Parisians, who took advantage of the many spaces left by the Lyon environment, chained the attempts without succeeding in doubling the bet.
A system to improve
Despite everything, OL tried to react offensively by seizing their chance as the two teams split in two and we were witnessing an attack-defense. Aligned for the first time together in the starting lineup, Lacazette and Dembélé, who served as a fulcrum and freed up space for his teammates, exchanged a lot. Lyon therefore multiplied the chances (8 shots in the 1st period against 9 on the Parisian side) with Toko Ekambi (20th counter-attack, strike on Donnarumma 22nd and 30th) or Lacazette (head wide in the 21st, shot in the 30th). Despite calls and interesting pressing, Dembélé was little found.
Which is both logical, since he hasn’t been in Bosz’s eleven since the start of the season and he has to find automatisms with Lacazette. In any case, the many opportunities in Lyon were not enough to bend Paris. In the second period, Bosz replaced Tolisso with Lepenant, to bring some pep into the midfield and attack the opponents. Lyon continued to be dangerous with Lacazette and Dembélé without managing to conclude but relying on Lopes, solid on his line. But the Olympians failed to score this very important goal. After the meeting, Peter Bosz spoke about the defeat and his choices.
Lacazette appreciated the 4-4-2
“We have good players but we had a difficult first half respecting them too much. We backed up too much, we were afraid of their speed. In the second half, we were more in the duels. Unfortunately with our chances, we didn’t score. On his side Maxence was too often alone and it is necessary to speak about it with Tetê. We trained on that all week (on the occasion of Lacazette). In the second half, we were better placed on the pitch but we had fewer chances. The system does not interest me too much, it depends on the players. When you play with Lacazette, we can play a good 4-4-2.
And the Rhone captain is seduced by this new system. “I felt good. It was pleasant to me. It was different. But it was not easy because we had a big team in front, but it’s nice to play in such a system.. A system that certainly deserves to be reviewed and perfected by Peter Bosz. A coach, still under pressure, who will be able to take advantage of the break to improve things. “How am I going to manage the truce? I will drink a lot of alcohol after three defeats., he let out a smile. Let’s hope he keeps it on the next day when Lyon will challenge Lens.