Maxence Caqueret was named the man of the match for his performance in midfield. He was constantly harrying the Montpellier players and made some excellent runs into the box. He capped off his performance with a superb goal to win the game for Lyon.
Here are the player ratings for both teams:
Lecomte (4.5): He was not really tested by the Lyon attackers, but he was culpable for the equaliser by Lacazette.
Sylla (6.5): He had a great game, causing Maitland-Niles all sorts of problems. He was also rewarded with an assist for Nordin’s goal.
Sagnan (5): He had a difficult game replacing Maxime Estève, who has moved to Burnley. He struggled to find the pace of the game and was troubled by a lively Ernest Nuamah. He was more solid in the second half.
Omeragic (5.5): He struggled in the first 20 minutes, like the rest of his team, but he grew in confidence after Nordin’s goal. His risky passes out from the back were often successful.
Kouyaté (5.5): He was rarely troubled by the Lyon attacks and was very good in the air. The Montpellier centre-back will be disappointed with the result. He made an exceptional last-ditch tackle on Cherki (82′) that was worth a goal in itself.
Hefti (4.5): He struggled against Benrahma, never quite knowing whether to follow him inside or stop him from crossing. He also offered little going forward. The Montpellier recruit is clearly still adapting to Ligue 1.
Chotard (5.5): He struggled to find his best position on the pitch in the first half. He grew in influence after the opening goal and then shone with his defensive work, making life difficult for Lyon on the counter-attack and especially for Caqueret.
Ferri (4.5): He was below his usual standard in midfield and struggled to create anything going forward. He tried to make some runs, but without success. He was booked on 90 minutes for a foul on substitute Gift Orban.
Savanier (6.5): The MHSC playmaker proved once again that he is technically superior to most players in Ligue 1. He was always accurate and played at the right tempo. He made some good defensive contributions too, but despite his good game, he was not able to be decisive.
Nordin (6.5): He combined very well with Sylla, and the two players worked well together down the left flank. The Montpellier forward worked hard, both in offering options to his teammates by running inside and in closing down the Lyon defence. He was rewarded for his efforts with the opening goal. We will also remember his devastating dribble past Tagliafico (28′).
Adams (2): He had a game to forget, the Nigerian striker is clearly lacking in confidence. He was unable to hold the ball up and was wasteful in front of goal. He made a number of poor choices throughout the game. Frustrated by his performance, he shouted at his teammates on every attacking move, to no avail.
Lopes (5): He made some unconvincing saves and was at fault for Montpellier’s opening goal, but he also made a crucial stop from Adams (64′).
Tagliafico (4.5): He had another poor game, struggling against Montpellier’s attacks and offering little support to Benrahma. However, he did provide a nice assist for Lacazette’s goal.
Caleta-Car (5): He had a decent game defensively, but he struggled to find creative solutions against Montpellier’s pressing.
O’Brien (6): He had a solid game alongside Caleta-Car, and his ability to carry the ball forward helped Lyon to get out of some difficult situations.
Maitland-Niles (4): He started the game well, but he disappeared after 20 minutes. He struggled badly against the Nordin-Sylla partnership and was not helped by the poor positioning of Lyon’s midfielders. He offered little going forward and was eventually replaced by Mata (57′), who is proving to be a valuable asset for the team.
Matic (6): He was the deep-lying midfielder that Lyon have been crying out for. He dictated the tempo of the game and dropped deep to receive the ball. He tired in the second half and forgot Nordin for Montpellier’s goal, but his presence has transformed Lyon.
Tolisso (4): He was not always well-positioned defensively and his passing was not always accurate. He struggled to compete with his teammates in midfield. A thigh injury forced him off and he was replaced by Mangala (44′) (5), who was defensively solid but offered nothing in terms of creativity.
Caqueret: see above
Benrahma (5): He had a difficult game on his Lyon debut. He was found in good positions early on and showed his technical skills, but he was unable to make a real difference. He was not helped by Tagliafico and often had to come inside to find his midfielders. He was replaced by Cherki (57′), who worked hard and made a positive impact.
Nuamah (5.5): He was once again very active on the right wing and he is sure to cause problems for Ligue 1 defenders in the future. However, his end product is still lacking and he needs to improve his decision-making. If he can refine his game, he could be one of the revelations of the season. He was replaced by Fofana (57′).
Lacazette (5.5): He had a very difficult first half, finding it hard to get into the game against the well-organised Omeragic-Kouyaté partnership. He found more space in the second half and his hold-up play could have helped Lyon to get back into the game earlier. Even when he is not at his best, he remains a top-class striker and his equaliser (74′) completely changed the game. He was replaced by Orban (89′).