A frustrating night for Spurs as everything that could go wrong did. Much capital was made about the sell-out 85,000 crowd and of course, Spurs’ return to Champions League football but it was Monaco’s night as the French Ligue Un table toppers gave a superb away performance to earn themselves a precious 2-1 win.
Despite dominating early possession and a wonderful chance falling to Son Heung-Min, which he spurned, Spurs were down two goals within 30 minutes. Defensive errors were costly to Spurs as they struggled to find the rhythm that served them so well at Stoke over the weekend.
Although Toby Alderweireld pulled one back just before half-time with a powerful header from Erik Lamela’s corner kick and bringing on Moussa Dembele, Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko in the second half, Spurs failed to click in the final third. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Lamela looked sluggish, Dele Alli showed flashes of brilliance but nothing went right for Spurs.
It’s not the end of the world of course, especially with the other teams in the group viz. Bayer Leverkeusen and CSKA Moscow drawing 2-2 but the job of qualifying for the knockout phase has become that much more tougher. Hopefully, Pochettino and the team would have learnt valuable lessons from this poor performance and result. The learning curve is a steep one but for this young team, the only way forward is upwards.
Lineup: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier (Sissoko), Alli, Lamela (Janssen), Eriksen, Son (Dembele), Kane.
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