Bayern Munich is in stellar form in this years’ Champions League. They have put up an exceptional performance in the quarter-final scoring eight goals against Barcelona and can be said as the clear favorites not only for this tie but also for winning this competition. Hansi Flick knows that his side must play their best game to win against a side like Olympique Lyon. Lyon, on the other hand, has a fairy tale run in this year’s Champion’s league and they must be booming with confidence after defeating Manchester City in quarter-finals. They will again require an upset against mighty Bayern, but Rudi Garcia‘s side is capable of doing that. So this is our exclusive Lyon vs Bayern Tactical Preview.
This season Olympique Lyon is like a box of surprises. No one expected them to come this far in this tournament, but they have shocked everyone with their performance. Manager Rudi Garcia has displayed an exceptional brand of football with the limited resource he had in his arsenal. Every neutral football fan is rooting for them to go further in this tournament but Bayern will be a tough question for them to answer.
Lyon vs Bayern Tactical Preview: Tactical Set up of Olympique Lyon
Expected Line Up: Lyon
Our Lyon vs Bayern tactical preview also includes the probable lineups for both the teams.
Lyon will get his full strength squad as there’s currently no news of injury for Rudi Garcia’s side.
Rudi Garcia lines up his side in a 3-5-2 formation. But during the build-up, it becomes 3-4-3 with Houssem Aouar shifting to the left side of the pitch. His primary focus is on overloading the wings. The defenders initiate the buildup of the team. They mainly play in a free role and contributed to the build-up of the side. Bruno Guimaraes also drops in front of the back-line to carry the ball forward. The wingbacks also move upfront, and they mainly carry out the attack. They provide low crosses and make runs in free space to create goalscoring chances. The main job of the other two midfielders is to maintain shape and move the ball forward by absorbing the press. Both Memphis Depay and Karl Toko Ekambi is excellent goal-poachers, and they create perfect runs in the box to score goals from the through balls and crosses.
Rudi Garcia is a pragmatic manager. He likes to allow opponents to enjoy possession and hit opponents in counters. Without possession, they like to form a low block in a 5-2-3 shape covering all the spaces. The three-man upfront presses high and hampers the buildup of the opponent. But sometimes they drop near the centerline. This insists the opponent center-backs push forward and they will cash in with the chance. The mid looks to stay compact in front of the defense forcing opponent to go wide. The three center-backs could easily counter any areal threat so it will be very hard for the opponent to break in.
Bayern are having their dream run this season. They already won Bundesliga this season and putting up a great performance in Champion’s League. Their attack is one of the best in the whole of Europe and they have the capability of outscoring opponents.
Lyon vs Bayern Tactical Preview: Tactical Set up of Bayern Munich
Expected Line Up: Bayern
Our Lyon vs Bayern tactical preview also includes predicted lineup.
Benjamin Pavard‘s injury is the only concern for Bayern Munich. Though he is back in training but inform Joshua Kimmich can start in place of him.
Bayen likes to dominate possession and Lyon will allow them to do so. Both of their fullbacks are excellent ballplayers. They can play the ball perfectly for the midfielders and forwards. Thiago Alacantara drops in front of the backline to release pressure. He is excellent at moving the ball. He can move the ball towards attack. In between two fullbacks Alphonso Davies is more attacking. He moves to the left-wing providing width on the left side. Thomas Muller though starts in attacking midfield position. But he plays as a second striker and joins Robert Lewandowski as a forward. Leon Goretzka joins in the attack, he plays in a free role and roams in zone 14 areas. He likes to play through balls for the two forwards which result in scoring most of Bayern’s goals.
Without possession, Bayern likes to press high. Their defense is a bit weak. So they like to compensate them with pressing from the front. They use press both as a part of defending and attacking. Their forwards not only like to press the defenders but they also like to use their body to block the passing lanes. The midfield likes to mark 1v1 with the opponent and force them to play to the wing. They defend in a narrow 4-4-2 formation with the two wingers dropping in midfield. They mainly form a 1v2 in the flanks and help the defenders to negate the threat. Once the ball is won they like to move it forward with one-touch passing and long balls. The two wingers and fullbacks use their pace to break opponents
As said earlier Bayern is clear favorites for this match. Their attack can easily break the defense of Lyon’s claim of victory. But on their day Lyon can defeat any opponent. This will be a hell of a tie for the football fans and it has all the elements for being a perfect semifinal for this year’s UCL. With a final against Paris Saint-Germain waiting, it is to be seen who joins them, their French neighbours Lyon or the almighty Bayern.
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