AS Monaco (France)
|COMPETITION||Europa League Group J|
|DATE||Thursday 1st October 2015|
|VENUE||Stade Louis II|
Having won three out of nine games at the start of the Ligue 1
season, AS Monaco are some way off the third place they finished in
last season. Having lost a few player sin the summer,
including Anthony Martial to Manchester United, the French side, who
have been the subject of controversy over their requirement to pay
no tax, are looking to settle the side and find some form.
Monaco lost the lead three times to Guingamp in their last game, but they are strong up front with AC Milan's Stephen El Shaarawy on loan, who joins up with Thomas Lemar, who is their current top scorer. Their chances are mostly supplied by Bernard Silva, a creative midfielder and Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho, who AVB was very keen on signing a few years back. Not knowing too many of the players we will face there are some familiar faces, with Jeremy Toulalan the captain and French international midfielder; another player we tried to sign in Real Madrid loanee defender Fabio Coentrao; Ricardo Carvalho, the ancient ex-Chelsea central defender and two players we have been up against in Europa League opposition, namely, Benfica's Helder Costa (on loan) and Lofty striker Lacina Traore, who was on loan at Anzhi Makhachkala at the time and was subsequently loaned to Everton.
There is no doubt that the squad of players they have available, which also includes Brazilians, a couple of Croatians, more Portuguese, a couple of Italians and a handful of African players is large, but what the quality is like, we will find out. Currently managed by Leonardo Jardim, installed by the President Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought the club in 2011 and oversaw a period of big spending, which has now had to be cut back, the Portuguese coach has brought in many of his fellow countrymen. Having beaten Young Boys of Bern in the CHampions League qualifying round, they were knocked out by Valencia ain the next qualifier and have found themselves in the Europa League.
It may not be the
competition they have been used to, but their reduced squad might
find it more to their liking, as they strive to find a pattern of
play that suits them. As for Tottenham, they go into the game
without our new signing Son and with limited forward options, this
may hamper the side's ability to bring home three points from the
Principality, but they should have enough about them if they play
like they did at the weekend to earn at least a point.
|PREDICTION||AS Monaco 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs travel to France without Heung-Min Son (foot), Mousa Dembele (foot), Ryan Mason (knee) and Nabil Bentaleb (ankle).
|AS MONACO TEAM NEWS :|
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Europa League Group J
Thursday 1st October 2015
Stade Louis II
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (1)
Kick off 18:00
|El Shaarawy 80m 02s||Lamela 34m 22s|
Toulalan (foul on Dier) 59
|Crowd : 7,216||Weather : Wet, rainy|
|Referee : Artur Dias (POR)||Assistant Referees : Rui Tavares; Alvaro Mesquita (POR)|
|Fourth Official : Nuno Pereira (POR)||Additional Assistants : Hugo Miguel; Cosme Machado (POR)|
|Monaco kicked off the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
|AS Monaco :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Lacina TRAORE (11
Guido CARILLO 68)
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Dmitry Rybolovlev||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : FEDCOM||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Nike||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
Tottenham emerged from a deserted Louis II with a Europa League point, but were left thinking it could have been more than the 1-1 draw they played out against AS Monaco.
There were no changes were made from the 4-1 victory over Manchester City, but the team they faced had been struggling in the French League and gained a point at Anderlecht in their first group game, but despite losing a number of big names in the summer, they still had enough familiar stars to make things difficult for Tottenham. And so it proved from the start, as within two minutes, defender Andrea Raggi won a header at a corner and put it wide, but Spurs moved to the opposite end of the pitch when they launched an attack that saw Dier take the ball forward, play it to Eriksen, who helped it on to Trippier and the right back's low ball in to the near post was nudged just wide by annoying ex-Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho for a corner. He has lost none of his whingeing, claiming a push on him as he slid the ball off.
One of the Monaco players known to us was the lanky forward Lacina Traore and he showed that he had an eye for goal, when he hit a first time shot as he was played through on the left, but it was way off a target and ended up a long way behind the goal in the vacuous stadium. Both sides were probing in wide positions, but the final ball into the box was invariably cleared away, although in the 20th minute, Kane received the ball through the left side of the penalty area and took the ball away from Subasic, as the keeper came out to him. Harry sensibly laid it back to Chadli, who was following up behind him and the Belgian international dinked a shot at goal that just cleared the bar, with defenders getting back onto the goal-line to cover for the out of position goalie. Hugo Lloris was called into action when Adama Traore strode forward with the bal and let go a low shot from 28 yards out that swerved and bounced just in front of the Spurs captain, but he got his body behind it and kept the effort out, with Jan Vertonghen clearing away the loose ball. The other Traore had a headed chance, which he put over the top from an offside position.
In the 35th minute, Erik
Lamela took the ball past a couple of Monaco players and passed up
the right wing to Nacer Chadli, who went between two opponents with
a nutmeg. Running infield, he passed across the pitch to Dele
Alli, who hit a shot at goal, the goalkeeper's save took a touch off
Raggi and falling behind them, Lamela, who had raced up the pitch,
had the simple task of knocking the ball into the empty net from the
edge of the six yard box. It was a well-worked goal and Lamela
indicated his growing confidence by keeping up with play from a deep
position to finish it off.
AS Monaco had their name
taken from a Tourism slogan that read "Nowhere is as good as Monaco".
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|What you thought|
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|Glasgow Celtic||2||Fenerbahce (TUR)||2||Thursday|
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|PAOK (GRE)||1||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||1||Thursday|
|Krasnodar (RUS)||2||Qabala (AZE)||1||Thursday|
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|Marseille (FRA)||0||FC Slovan Liberec (SVN)||1||Thursday|
|Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)||1||SS Lazio (ITA)||1||Thursday|
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|Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS)||2||Skenderbeu (ALB)||0||Thursday|
|Besiktas (TUR)||1||Sporting Lisbon (POR)||1||Thursday|
|Belenenses (POR)||0||Fiorentina (ITA)||4||Thursday|
|FC Basel (SWI)||2||Lech Poznan (POL)||0||Thursday|
|Qarabag (AZE)||1||Anderlecht (BEL)||0||Thursday|
|Schalke 04 (GER)||4||Asteras Tripolis (GRE)||0||Thursday|
|Sparta Prague (CZE)||2||Apoel Nicosia (TUR)||0||Thursday|
|Augsburg (GER)||1||Partizan Belgrade (SER)||3||Thursday|
|AZ Alkmaar (HOL)||2||Athletic Bilbao (SPA)||1||Thursday|
|Group J Table|
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Position after match : 1st
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