Last round both sides recorded their first victories this season but the performances were far from convincing,
Away at Guingamp last week away Lyon managed to score the winner with 10 minutes to go against the run of play. It was a very balanced game in which opponents came close to finding the net a couple of times.
It was the first game for midfielder Valbuena and he was extremely active but unfortunately all that running didn’t really bring any value to Lyon’s play. In-fact in midfield Lyon seemed too soft and midfielders were spread all over the field. Defensive midfielder Gonalons was often left all alone to prevent opponents from building-up play. But the good news is that Gonalons succeeded, showing he can be a defensive wall by himself.
Most probably Lyon will start in the same formula as there aren’t any new injuries.
Last round Rennes were a bit more active than opponents but nothing really announced the goal that came as a surprise following a lucky shot (Rennes vs Montpellier 1-0).
Their 3-4-3 system may change this round seeing that central defender Mendes suffered an injury and they do not have a proper replacement. But there is also some good news as important winger Ntep resumed collective training and may be in the squad against Lyon. However Ntep still needs time to pick up rythm and achieve full potential.
Rennes looked lifeless last week against Montpellier and many of their passes missed the target and even the goal was scored following an unintentional shot. Lone striker Sio is newly transferred and doesn’t understand teammates intentions. Central midfielder Sylla is also new to the squad and focuses only on intercepting balls and passing to teammates behind. Left fullback/winger Baal is a talented player (arrived this summer) but until now all his long balls missed the target by miles.
Maybe it is too early in the season but at the moment the play of both teams lacks a normal flow and it seems there are huge spaces between compartments. Still, thanks to players like Lacazette, Fekir, Beauvue and now Valbuena, Lyon have the power to create chances out of nothing and score when opponents least expect it, Lyon -1 at 2.06
UPDATE: Newly transferred defender Yanga-Mbiwa should make his first appearance for Lyon. Rennes will once again miss midfielders Ntep and Doucoure.
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, Umtiti, Yanga-Mbiwa, Rafael, J.Morel – Tolisso, Ferri, Mvuemba, Gonalons, Ghezzal, Malbranque, Valbuena – Fekir, Cornet, Beauvue, Lacazette
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – Mexer, Baal, S.Armand, M’Bengue, S.Moreira, Diagne, Danzé, Zeffane – B.André, Will Poha, G.Fernandes, Y.Sylla, Hunou – Pedro Henrique, Sio, Grosicki