Montpellier have been earning some not-so-impressive results early in the season. Michel Der Zakarian’s side lost their opening Ligue 1 game against Rennes before drawing in the next one against Bordeaux. Montpellier didn’t play so badly but still looked a bit unconvincing in their first two games.
The Southern France-based club had to face a strong Lyon side who were full of confidence and vigour, fresh after a thumping 6-0 win against Angers and prior to that, a convincing 3-0 victory against Monaco. Sylvinho’s side have been very aggressive in attack and impressively solid in defence. The two clean sheets, as well as nine goals out of two games, are clear evidence that Lyon are a side to be feared this season.
However, as it turned out, Montpellier were well-prepared and dealt with their opponents accordingly. Lyon were neutralised by the persistent and excellently-organised Montpellier in this game.
We’ll take a deeper look at how both teams fared against each other in this tactical analysis.