On paper, group A of the UEFA Champions League seemed to be a straightforward group with European heavyweights Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain likely to claim first and second place. However, after two matchdays, the performances paint a different picture. Club Brugge claimed a valuable point off Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu which could have easily been three, after losing a two-goal lead. Combined with their goalless draw against Galatasary on matchday one, they came into this fixture with two points when they could have so easily been on six.
Paris Saint-Germain were the only team in the group to secure two wins out of two and looked on course to claim another three points from the minnows in Belgium. However, their visit to Brugge wasn’t as easy as they thought. The Belgian side fought hard and outplayed the Parisians at times during the game.
This tactical analysis will analyse the tactics used by both coaches that saw them play out an interesting and feisty encounter in this UEFA Champions League group stage match.
Squads & lineups
The home side lined up in a 3-4-1-2 formation looking to apply pressure on Paris Saint-Germain whilst remaining defensively solid to contain the fearsome front three. The two wing-backs would support the two main strikers in Emmanuel Bonaventure and Percy Tau. The two central midfielders would look to press and take on PSG’s midfield trio with their energy, pace, and dynamism and release the speedy front two.
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