Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyonnais‘ UEFA Champions’ League race comes to a close after suffering a 3-0 defeat to German giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
The Ligue 1 outfit were able to hold their own against the German machine in the first ten minutes of the match but were unable to defend against Serge Gnabry 18th minute volley. He doubled the lead in the 33rd minute before the tournament’s leading goalscorer Robert Lewandowski found the back of the net 10 minutes after the break to smoothen their path to the Champions League final.
We will be looking at the things we learned from Lyon’s defeat and Bayern’s victory on Wednesday night.
Lyon’s unstable front led to Missed Chances
Lyon’s performance in the first 10 minutes showed that they should have been, at least, two goals up before Bayern scored the opener in the 18th minute. With Memphis Depay failing to find the back of the net in a one-versus-one challenge and Maxwell Cornet’s cross to Karl Toko Ekambi, who had to turn to get a bit of comfort in the box but still failed to convert to a goal.
All that happened in the first 16 minutes of the European tournament, and it didn’t take long for Lyon head coach, Rudi Garcia, to start thinking twice on his first-team selections and his bench.
Lyon’s failure in dominating the midfield
The Rudi Garcia team was able to get hold of the midfield most for a while but was unable to a tight hold on it despite having the numerical advantage.
The Ligue 1 team failed to get a tight hold on the midfield speaks volumes about Bayern Munich’s technicality and their tactical decision in the midfield and going forward. Lyon used a three-on-two tackle to press their opponent’s team for a while, garnered with quick and long passes, but not long after signs showed which team has the better experience on the ball.
With the fast quick passes played for a few minutes, the French team’s passing accuracy saw a drop. Bruno Guimarães was unable to establish himself in the midfield before being subbed off at the break, while Houssem Aouar prolific impact in the game came after the break, as he was moved forward.
Serge Gnabry’s brilliance for the German club on Wednesday night helped them move swiftly to the UEFA Champions’ League. He was outstanding for the time he was on the pitch for the Germans with his quick successive passes in tight areas to get pass Lyon defenders, his quick pace, and his strike. His potential goal and other players scoring in the match were available for accumulator betting as they were given massive odds to give punters high winnings.
His first goal, the match opener, was scored thanks to his individual quality while his second goal was score due to the team efforts. He was in the right place at the right time.
Being a dangerous winger to the Lyon’s defence sees Maxwell Cornet often trackback to help in his team defence, giving the Bayern’s defense one less threat to worry about when Garcia’s team took the offensive mode after the break.
Maxence Caqueret Potential
Having been tagged as one of the most exciting talents in Ligue 1 for the 2019/20 campaign, Maxence Caqueret failed to demonstrate any nervous playing for his first time in the Champions’ League semi-final. And this is just his first full season in professional football.
Despite this being his first campaign in the European tournament, the 20-year-old midfielder was still able to put up an impressive performance for the club against the Bundesliga champions on Wednesday night and also giving Thomas Müller a hard time throughout the match.
Kings Clash Final
Last season’s Champions’ League’s final had been roundly criticised by football fans. That final was a match between two English clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur but the game didn’t give that exciting feeling or the suspense a football final should have, instead delivering an all-round boring game with the only goal scored in the match being a penalty in the first half. It has been tagged as one of the worst Champions’ League finals in history.
This season is different as we will be seeing a fight between the French Ligue 1 and the German Bundesliga this time. It will also manage to solve the question of which side has the most powerful and dangerous attack.
In the Paris Saint-Germain attack, there is Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Angel Di Maria, while on the German side there is Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller, or Kingsley Coman and Ivan Perisic.