Spurs 1-2 Monaco: (match report)
Spurs kicked off their Champions league campaign with a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Monaco in front of a club record 85,000 strong crowd at Wembley stadium on Tuesday evening. It was a highly disappointing result for the Lillywhites as Monaco frustrated Pochettino’s side from the minute go, the well structured French side were incredibly solid and despite the lads best efforts we just couldn’t find the all important equaliser. We started the game encouragingly in the opening minutes and shortly before 10 minutes we almost took an early through Son, after the South Korean international latched on to a pass inside the box before unleashing a shot which was deflected away on the line by a Moncao defender. However, just six minutes later the Ligue 1 side stunned the Lillywhites by taking the lead through Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese winger went on a darting run before cutting inside Vertonghen and firing the ball past Lloris and into the top left hand corner of the net. Lamela almost made an instant reply for Spurs two minutes later after the Argentine struck a fine effort from the edge of the box which was heading for the bottom left hand corner of the net, though Danijel Subasic denied Lamela with a good save.
The crowd were shocked on the half hour mark as Monaco doubled their lead through substitute Thomas Lemar, after the unmarked youngster got on to the rebound in the area following a save from Lloris and the Frenchman fired the ball superbly into the top of the net to double the visitors advantage. Our effort and attacking prowess finally paid off as in stoppage of the first half the Lillywhites got a goal back through Toby Alderweireld. Following the resulting corner from Lamela, Alderweireld rose high to plant a powerful header into the back of the net to give us great hope at the interval. The lads started the second half well and went close to getting level on the 48th minute after Dele Alli hit a testing effort from outside the box but Subasic tipped Alli’s powerful effort over the crossbar. In the minutes that followed the lads just couldn’t get past a stubborn Monaco side and despite everything Spurs threw at them, the French side continually found a way to deny us. Of all the chances Spurs had in the second half their best of all came to Harry Kane in the 79th minute. Following some good work from Janssen, the Dutchman set up Kane who inside the box seemed destined to get the equaliser but Kane powered his shot straight in to the arms of Subasic It was a disappointing end to a historic night, I believe that playing at Wembley affected our performance and style of play. Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle who was on ITV on Thursday spoke of the difficulty that Spurs face in containing their opponents in regards to their high pressing style of play. Despite the result I am still confident that we will adjust to the 90,000 capacity stadium and I also believe that we will top the group. Pochettino’s lads go again on Sunday as they face Sunderland at the Lane.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier (Sissoko 81), Alli; Lamela (Janssen 71), Eriksen, Son (Dembele 46); Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wanyama.
Monaco (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Raggi, Glik, Jemerson, Sidibe; Bakayoko, Fabinho; Dirar (Lemar 5), Moutinho, Silva; Falcao (c, Germain 81). Substitutes (not used): De Sanctis, Traore, Jean, Diallo, Toure.
Goals: Spurs – Alderweireld 45; Monaco – Silva 15, Lemar 31.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Kane; Monaco – Glik, Fabinho.