A winning formula
Of course, the famous diamond-shaped midfield was first used on October 27 against Monaco, but up until the league match against OM it appeared in a variety of guises (Malbranque alongside Fofana… Ferri with Fofana… Grenier behind the attackers… one striker and three defensive midfielders against PSG…). 2 defeats during this period against Monaco and PSG, 5 victories and 3 draws. But from the match against OM, Rémi Garde has not wavered from Gonalons, Fofana, Grenier and Gourcuff in midfield and Lacazette and Gomis in attack. The result? Four wins and two draws; 17 goals scored, including six against La Suze, and eight against.
There has barely been a change in the starting XI over the last six matches. Vercoutre played against OM and La Suze; Anthony Lopes played the other four matches. Zeffane played against the Stade de Reims instead of Miguel Lopes. And finallt Koné replaced Samuel Umtiti against the Stade de Reims and La Suze.
And for the substitutes? Malbranque has come off the bench four times (49 minutes played), Benzia, 3 (53 minutes), Ferri and Briand, 2 (26 and 15 minutes, respectively), Danic and Fékir 1 (17 and 2 minutes, respectively).
Rémi Garde has used 20 players (14 starts). Bedimo, Bisevac and Gonalons have played all 540 minutes in those six games. Lacazette has played 526 minutes.