Les cinq curiosités tactiques de la nouvelle saison de Ligue 1

Les cinq curiosités tactiques de la nouvelle saison de Ligue 1

Integration of players who have reached the transfer window, new game projects, changes of coaches… While the French championship resumes its rights on Friday night and the preseason has been hectic practically everywhere, the time of the first liquidation of certain curiosities.

Will Alexandre Lacazette save Peter Bosz?

Back on the banks of the Rhône after five years in London, the French international striker should be a key player in Peter Bosz’s second year on the OF bench. Newly appointed captain, Lacazette quickly assumed his responsibilities in the game during the build-up, in particular quickly becoming the leader of his clan’s pressure thanks to runs from outside to inside with the aim of severing the relationship between central defenders and the contrary. goalie. If he continues to lead the dance without the ball, Lyon’s 91, more active and intelligent than Moussa Dembélé on this record, may finally manage to make sustainable the idea of ​​high and intense pressure that Bosz longs for. and so little seen last season (OL was, for example, only the sixth team in Ligue 1 in number of pressures exerted in the opposite third third per game).

Even so, beyond his precious activity without the ball, he will also be expected with Alexandre Lacazette. A four-time goalscorer in four warm-up games, the General already seems to have taken his place as if he had never left him. More than his statistical contribution, it’s his influence at the forefront of the attack that should ease the environment around him. Always available, very fair in his shipments at first touch, useful for keeping the ball with his back to the goal, the Guadeloupean seems to be the missing piece in a team that appreciates speed and support play, starting with the elements inevitably brought towards the axis that are the laterals of false foot Toko Ekambi and Head. When he passed by Wednesday afternoon at a press conference, he did not say anything else: “Today I have less of that goal obsession. I am more collective, I try to direct a little more, to lead my teammates. Afterwards I have never been selfish, I have only thought of myself, and if I don’t score and in the end we go to the Champions League, that’s fine with me. » Lucas Paquetá already seems close to his new captain, on and off the field, and he is sure not going to spit on a privileged relief a step higher. First answers on Friday night, against Ajaccio.


Searched for by Castello Lukeba, Lacazette deviates from the head to the Head, right side…


… with a firm step, Head enters with a left foot and finds Lacazette in front of the Inter surface. The French temporizes, lets Paquetá dive down the right side and voluntarily draws several opponents behind him…


…four Inter players try to close in on the OL striker, who resists and can displace Paquetá, before rushing into the area…


… and being able to open the scoring with a header.

Igor Tudor in the storm of Marseilles

While a meeting was held at Marseille’s Robert Louis-Dreyfus center between Pablo Longoria, Igor Tudor and the Marseille squad on Tuesday to ease emerging tensions, the Croatian manager already appears under pressure. If the human management of the coach seems problematic, his sports management could quickly be so, because if the intentions without the ball seemed to be the cornerstone of his Hellas Verona, which notably had the fourth PPDA -opposite pass allowed by the defensive action- in the opposing field, the weakest in Serie A last season, are now OM’s weak point. At the moment, the announced high, aggressive and suffocating pressure seems to have been blocked on the other side of the Alps and, if we assume that it will be so in a few sequences, there are still many things missing to achieve a homogeneous and effective defensive animation. At the moment, Marseille’s pressure lacks intensity and uniformity, which opens up paths for rivals. With the ball there are also shortcomings, residing this time more in the quality of the squad and in the choice of players. In addition to not showing the slightest mechanical scheme in the restart, the 3-4-3 of the new OM does not have players comfortable enough with the ball to take charge of it individually. Added to this is the problem of the profiles for certain decisive players from the last exercise (Gerson, Payet, Ünder or Dieng), who are installed in uncomfortable positions or on the bench. In front of the brothel, Pablo Longoria was forced to (already) take out the fire extinguisher: “After a radical change, it necessarily takes time to adapt. If an athlete runs the 100m, you are not going to ask him overnight to run the 1500m. He will go to 400, then to 800… (…) We take a path and we adapt. We are not going to judge the real OM of Igor Tudor in September. it is a process. It would be a bit naive to think of getting there so quickly. » As crazy as it sounds: with a win, a draw and three losses in the pipeline, Tudor already seems to be risking part of his credit with the fans on Sunday, against Reims.


Against Milan, OM broke down in two similar sequences, born of difficulties in pressing on the flanks. Here, Clauss comes out at the wrong time on Théo Hernandez, giving him time to control…


…and take an opening from the outside to Olivier Giroud, located one step above. In the end, Milan will open the scoring.


A quarter of an hour later, another side: this time, it is Guendouzi’s turn to be behind Calabria, while Balerdi and Kolasinac will initially start simultaneously on Brahim Diaz, before the Argentine did not warn his piston to go back to cover Messias. Too late: the Brazilian will use his lead time to find Giroud and it will be 0-2 for Milan.

What should we expect from Paulo Fonseca’s project at LOSC?

After a disappointing season in terms of content and results, the Lille leaders opted for the solution of Paulo Fonseca to succeed Jocelyn Gourvennec. Under their new boss, the Mastiffs completed their training camp in Spain with a win, a draw and a loss, showing some innovative beginnings along the way. Beloved profiles in his previous game projects, whether at Shakhtar or Roma, the Portuguese has already found interior full-backs in the North, specifically one: Jonathan Bamba, whom we have seen come regularly to position himself inside due to his left wing, thus approaching the number 10 of the 4-2-3-1, which could quickly be Ludovic Blas, while opening the corridor next to him. If this animation was symmetrical in his previous teams, this time it seems more asymmetrical given the right side profile of Edon Zhegrova, a player very close to him.


Example of Bamba’s interior role against Cádiz: Lille’s 7 thus offers an interior relief, frees up his lane and allows LOSC to move quickly between the lines.

As for the recovery, Paulo Fonseca may be a follower of drop shots, he is also aware that the long game can be a formidable weapon. So it’s not uncommon to see his teams stretch out when the game calls for it and we’ve already seen it during Jonathan David’s recent brace against Dunkirk in early July. Without the ball, it’s hard to see what precisely this LOSC will become, as preparation can be colored by the physical forms of the different elements and the adversity encountered. However, the Portuguese coach has a habit of asking his eccentric attackers in the corridor a lot of work in order to lock up his rivals on the touchline. He will continue this weekend, against Auxerre.

Paris: finally the hour of the MNM?

If the wide and resounding victory in the Trophée des Champions against FC Nantes (4-0) dispelled the first doubts about Christophe Galtier’s PSG, despite everything, one question remains: how to make Mbappé, Neymar and Messi live together effective way? If the last two were excellent in Tel Aviv, the absence of the French striker still leaves room for imagination. As of today, Galtier’s number 1 priority is to make the most of the Neymar-Messi connection – and therefore not distance them too much – while he puts Kylian Mbappé in ideal conditions. A lucky coincidence, one of the reference performances of the Parisian trio was probably the 45 minutes delivered against FC Nantes, in November 2021, in an offensive structure quite similar to the one seen on Sunday. During the first 90 minutes of the season, Pablo Sarabia, who replaced Mbappé numerically, played like this many times between the right half space and the axis, leaving the corridor to Achraf Hakimi being close to the axis and Messi to combine or give him space. him activating a call to push back the opposing defensive line. The idea of ​​including the Bondy native in this situation seems more than appealing. He would then be close to the Argentine to combine or take advantage of his foot in space, formidable behind when Messi picks up, facing Neymar’s right foot when he faces the game and in the same area as Hakimi, his great friend. It remains to be seen if Kylian Mbappé will accept this role that requires certain concessions. In the first place, he will surely have to avoid the loss in order not to overload a midfielder who seems to have found the balance with Vitinha as a compensator for Neymar and Messi to fix the opposing centre-backs to keep a threat behind the two. South Americans… First sketch of this painting on Saturday afternoon, in Clermont.


November 2021: Against Nantes, Neymar wins as always, Mbappé follows him to combine while Messi occupies the right mid-space. From this position, the Brazilian can then connect with the Argentine while he takes advantage of the movements of the French striker or those of Hakimi, free on the contrary.


August 2022: In Galtier’s version of PSG, Neymar also often stumbled on the ball, he could connect between the lines with Messi when the third attacker, here Sarabia, plays deep and clears the lane for Hakimi.

hit theater

After the sale of Nayef Aguerd to West Ham, Florian Maurice had to activate himself to offer a new left back to Bruno Genesio. After the soap operas Kim Min Jae and Morato, the sports director of the Bretons finally leaned on Arthur Theate, the Belgian international from Bologna. However, several characteristics are necessary to fill the position of central defender at Stade Rennais.

First mission: you must ensure the revival of a team that relies primarily on the feet of its defenders to progress. And last season, Theate was:
– in the top 10% of central defenders in Serie A who made the most passes to the last third of the field.
– in the top 10% in terms of successful dribbling.
– in the top 9% in number of walks with the ball.

The Belgian therefore appears to have the required qualities and personality in possession.

Defensively, then, the 22-year-old defender seems more comfortable defending on the feet, rarely attacking despite some aggressiveness. He is in the 9% of central defenders in Serie A who exerted the most pressure in the offensive zone last season. Arthur Theate knew how to benefit from a Bolognese team capable, like him, of defending while advancing. A situation that he was able to find on the Ille-et-Vilaine side, despite a system change, going from a defense in 3 to a defense in 4. Decisive after seven minutes of play in the Rennes jersey after a recovery Winner of a corner against Aston Villa, the left-back has also been able to demonstrate his quality from set pieces to start his Breton adventure in the best possible way. Promise to be confirmed.


Sequence illustrating Theate’s qualities, in the preparation with Bologna against AZ: we see him here serving Lykogiannis, his piston…


… then move inside to offer a solution to his teammate behind the opposing attacker’s back…


…before finding your other piston on the opposite side.

By Matias Ribeiro

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