Recently Lyon changed approach, and now they don’t adventure upfront as they used to. They focus more on the defensive phase, results are positive, but this is a dangerous strategy that can easily backfire.
They are scoring fewer goals (1 goal advantage victories), they don’t take any risks in the attacking phase, and they invite opponents to make their game. That may have worked against sides like Toulouse, Bastia or Lille, but it will be pure suicide against PSG.
Hosts will welcome back forward Ghezzal after injury, but will miss defender Mammana.
PSG have now qualified for the European spring, and most importantly, they will probably top the group (because of direct results against Arsenal). That’s an important achievement for PSG, who are after all newcomers to the European elite, especially in comparison to Arsenal.
They can now focus on Ligue1, and reduce the 3 points gap until the winter break. They haven’t been very convincing in away games so far (with the exception of the 6-0 win away at Caen), and it seemed they reduced efforts immediately after taking the lead. Maybe they tried to preserve energy, or maybe they underestimated the opponent. Either way, it shouldn’t happen again this round.
Guests will miss winger Di Maria, attacking midfielder Pastore, and fullback Kurzawa.
Lyon found some rhythm only after they switched to a more defensive approach. It worked until now, as most opponents weren’t exactly bursting with creativity in the attacking phase, but it will be really difficult to stand ground against PSG, regardless the forces concentrated in the defensive phase. PSG -0.5 at 2.06
Lyon: Lopes, Gorgelin, Rafael, Diakhaby, Morel, Nkoulou, Rybus, Yanga-Mbiwa, Darder, Ferri.Gonalons, Grenier, Tolisso, Tousart, Cornet, Fekir, Ghezzal, Lacazette, Valbuena.
PSG: Areola, Trapp – Aurier, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Meunier, Thiago Silva – Krychowiak, Matuidi, Nkunku, Thiago Motta, Verratti – Augustin, Ben Arfa, Cavani, Jesé, Ikoné, Lucas