A closer look at Luis Suarez?s performance against Lyon - football

A closer look at Luis Suarez?s performance against Lyon



In what was one of their best showings of the season, Barcelona punched their ticket to a record 12th straight Champions League quarter-finals appearance as they defeated Lyon 5-1 on aggregate in the round of 16. The win was highlighted by exceptional play across the board as each player had an immense impact in putting together an all-around exquisite performance. The overall gameplan and effort displayed proved to be too much for Lyon.
Although Lionel Messi was undoubtedly the man of the match with his stellar two goals and two assists performance, Luis Suarez was the catalyst for Barca?s relentless attack. Even though the Uruguay international did not contribute a goal, it was his playmaking and off-ball movement that helped in opening up Lyon?s sturdy backline. Suarez had a higher work rate than usual as his constant movement frustrated Lyon?s backline throughout the game. Overall, his main goal was to unsettle their defence and open up passing lanes, which was something that Barca struggled to achieve during the first leg.
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In the 0-0 first leg fixture of the round of 16, Lyon defended in a tight, narrow 4-4-2 formation that also switched to a 4-4-1-1 setup. Led by Tanguy Ndombele, Lyon were able to successfully halt a vast majority of Barca?s play inside and win back possession with their defensive setup. Barca were lackluster in their attack as they did not counter with effective off-ball movement nor look...
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