OPPONENTS AS Monaco (France)
COMPETITION Champions League  Group E
DATE Tuesday 22nd November 2016
VENUE Stade Louis II
AS Monaco  SQUAD .



PREVIEW No preview produced.
PREDICTION AS Monaco    1        Tottenham Hotspur    2
- (-), - (-), - (-) and  - (-),  while - (-) and - (-) are doubts. 
Toby Alderweireld (knee), Ben Davies (ankle) and Erik Lamela (hip), while Dele Alli (knee), Mousa Dembele (foot) and Harry Kane (ankle) are all facing late fitness tests.

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AS Monaco  2 (0)  

Champions League  Group E
Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Stade Louis II
Tottenham Hotspur  1 (0)

Kick off 19:45
Sidibe  47m 25s
Lemar  52m 10s
Kane (p)  51m 30s
Glik (foul on Alli)  54 
Falcao (foul on Wanyama) 58


Dier  (foul on Fabinho)  11
Dembele (foul on Bernardo) 22
Trippier (foul on Bakayoko) 84


Crowd :   13,100 Weather :  Mild
Referee :  Björn Kuipers (HOL) Assistant Referees :  Erwin Zeinstra (HOL); Sander van Roekel (HOL)
Fourth Official :  Mario Diks (HOL) Additional Assistant Referees :  Pol van Boekel (HOL): Richard Liesveld (HOL)
UEFA Delegate :  Andreas Akkelides (CYP) UEFA Referee Observer :  Rune Pedersen (NOR)
AS Monaco kicked off the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 5 minutes.
AS Monaco : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Danijel SUBASIC

19  Djibril SIDIBE 
25  Kamil GLIK     
23  Benjamin MENDY

14  Tiemoue BAKAYOKO
27  Thomas LEMAR    (  8  Joao MOUTINHO  81)

10  BERNARDO Silva

18 Valere GERMAIN  (11  Guido CARRILLO  77)
  9  Radamel FALCAO (c)       (24  Andrea RAGGI  89)

Unused subs: 
16  Morgan de SANCTIS
26  Gabriel BOSCHILLA
29  Kylain MBEPPE
34  Abdou DIALLO

    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

15  Eric DIER     
12  Victor WANYAMA
  Kevin WIMMER

16  Kieran TRIPPIER     
19  Mousa DEMBELE       (23  Christian ERIKSEN  65)
29  Harry WINKS  (17  Moussa SISSOKO  74)
  3  Danny ROSE

20  DELE Alli
  Heung-Min SON
  (  9  Vincent JANSSEN  65)

10  Harry KANE  (p)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

  2  Kyle WALKER
  Georges-Kevin N'KOUDOU

Manager :  Leonardo Jardim Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   Fedcom Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  adidas Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

Spurs kicked off and started the game passing sharply. But it didn't take long for Danny Rose to get kicked, as is customary these days. Five minutes in, Son had a great chance when played through by Dele Alli. Son's run was well timed to put him in on the keeper after out-witting the offside trap, but Subasic got a hand to the ball as the Spurs winger tried to go around him, pushing him wide and ensuring the chance was lost. From the resulting corner, Rose tired a volley, but missed the ball completely.

Ten minutes into the game, Alli was robbed of the ball after Wanyama scuffed a clearance to him. When Germain ran into the box, Eric Dier swung a foot at the ball, which wasn't there and he kicked the midfielder down and Monaco had a penalty. When Falcao stepped up to take it, his recent form would have indicated that he would stick it away, but his weak, low shot to Lloris' right saw the keeper get down to it and push it wide, before getting up to grab the loose ball. The spot-kick came about when a rebound took the ball into the box after Dembele had an air kick at the ball, so it was all very sloppy.

It was a let off for Tottenham and Germain had a good chance when Mendy broke down their left and his shot was pushed out in front of goal, but the Monaco man could only knock the ball up in the air for Lloris to catch. Germain was getting into space and when Mendy's cross from the left picked him out at the far post, his attempted header down was blocked by Wimmer.

Decisions were going against Spurs, with a booking for Dembele, who had been the recipient of a worse challenge than that he was booked for and then Kane was given offside after a neat passing move, when he looked level. Falcao got a free kick after being up-ended following him pulling Dier's shirt. It was all a bit scrappy during the middle period of the half, with Tottenham giving the ball away unnecessarily, giving Falcao a shooting opportunity, which he nearly hit the corner flag with. Sidibe curled a shot, but it went the wrong way after he had knocked Dembele over off the ball and then Kane was hauled down as a cross came in from the right, with no decision given. The referee fell for Bernardo's fall when Winks touched the ball away from him, giving another soft free-kick to the home side.

Monaco were dangerous when in possession, but they were doing what they did at Wembley and what Leverkusen did in winning free-kicks to break up the play. It is a (dark) art that we are yet to learn. Spurs were looking to get in behind the home defence, with Dele's fine pass getting Son in on the left, but he pulled the ball back to a red and white shirt with Rose and Kane both hoping it would find them. As it was, Monaco broke and released Germain on the right and his shot across the goal didn't miss the far post by much, despite being at an acute angle.

Harry Winks was working hard and was always looking to pass forward, almost putting Son in after a good run away from three Monaco players. Kane was on the end of a Danny Rose cross that skidded across the box, but his effort saw him miss the ball, which hit his standing leg. Once more, Monaco broke after Dembele had been hauled down, but Wimmer blocked Germain's cross.

Unfortunately, Lloris' distribution was once again putting Tottenham under pressure, with passes straight into touch. This meant that they had more defending to do than they could have done. It was really surprising that while every tackle Dembele put in was a foul, when Glik trod with his full weight onto Harry Kane's arse right in front of the referee, he did nothing apart from the free-kick he gave for the original foul that knocked H to the ground.

The first half should have started with a Spurs goal, but in the end, Monaco had the better of the first 45 minutes. Tottenham had rarely showed the incisive football they can play and it reflected our form at the moment.

The second half started with a foul given against Spurs, quickly followed by Winks being hit late and Tottenham not getting a free-kick. It was the pre-cursor to the opening goal of the game for Monaco, with Sidibe getting on the end of Mendy's cross and his header from the edge of the six yard box found the net.

Tottenham moved the ball forward to get in the last third, but Rose's cross was headed out for a corner. The ball ended up with Lloris, and the ball was worked up the right, with Dier playing the ball into Alli, with Glik pulling his arm and pulling the player down to give Spurs a penalty. Kane struck the ball well, but it was within Subasic's reach. There was enough power to take the ball past him and pull Tottenham level.

Not that it lasted for long, as a ball from the right went across the penalty area, finding Lemar, who struck a low shot across Lloris to find the bottom corner of the net. Behind again, it would be hard for Spurs to find a way back again.

It was a foul on Wanyama by Falcao that brought the Monaco captain a yellow card that gave Spurs an opportunity from a set-piece. The ball bounced up on Alli, Wanyama hooked it back across the goalmouth and Son couldn't get a good connection allowing Subasic to block. It didn't matter, as he was wrongly given offside anyway.

Lloris had to dive to save an effort from Bernardo, before Janssen came on for Son and Eriksen for Dembele, as Pochettino looked to change the game. A free-kick given for a soft contact was swung to the far post from the left and Glik ran in around the back to volley powerfully at goal, only to see Hugo throw up a hand to push it over the bar from almost point-blank range. It was a superb reflex save.

It kept Spurs in the game and Janssen held the ball well when it was played forward, then spreading the ball left for Eriksen to come inside to shoot. The ball hit Glick and went wide with the keeper stranded. From the corner, Dier headed at goal and Lemar hacked it away from just outside the post. It looked like it wouldn't be Tottenham's night even though they hadn't played at their best. Especially when Hugo had to pull off another fine stop, when Falcao turned Dier and his drive from twelve yards out was palmed away.

A decent move on the left found Kane just inside the corner of the box and his shot saw Subasic fumble and it was put out for a corner. A far post delivery ended up with Dele volleying wide, but Mendy had a handful of shirt to put him off. There was one last chance when Kane was brought down by Mendy, who got away without a booking, but the same defender headed it out for a corner.

Too many players were on the edges of the game without making an impact and while it was a far from first choice eleven, the side put out should have been strong enough to give Monaco a decent game. As it was Lloris kept the score respectable. At least it shows it is not just the “Wembley effect” that our Champions League form is influenced by. The performances haven't been good enough, but this is the first taste of this level of football for a lot of the side. Whether or not they get another chance soon will depend on how the players saved for Saturday play and if the result justifies the selection tonight.

Exiting the Champions League with a whimper is a massive disappointment, but it does show that the squad lacks depth and the quality against the top European sides needs to be improved. Having said that Winks gave one of the better performances, while more experienced players failed to produce on the night. If not for Lloris, it could have been very embarrassing.

It makes the match against CSKA Moscow a fight for who doesn't play in the Europa League, but will 80,000 come to Wembley for that competition ?  I think not, but it would give the chance for Spurs to blood some youngsters and fringe players, depending on how many injuries we were suffering.  It won't be the same, but I hope that it might allow a decent challenge for the league, but the side need to start re-finding their form of last season to press hard at the top of the table.

The Heathrow Spur




Monaco were first formed when the Monegasque ruling family created a company for the club to play under (for tax avoidance reasons) and they took the name from the company Moneyco, but due to an administrative error, it was transcribed from a very bad fax as Monaco.


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Other scores during this round of games :
Basel (SWI) 0 Ludogrets Razgad (BUL) 0 Wednesday
Arsenal 2 Paris St. Germain (FRA) 2 Wednesday
Napoli (ITA) 0 Dynamo KIEV (UKR) 0 Wednesday
Besiktas (TUR) 3 Benfica (POR) 3 Wednesday
Borussia Monchengladbach (GER) 1 Manchester City 1 Wednesday
Glasgow Celtic 0 Barcelona (SPA) 2 Wednesday
Rostov (RUS) 3 Bayern Munich (GER) 2 Wednesday
Atletico Madrid (SPA) 2 PSV Eindhoven (HOL) 0 Wednesday
CSKA Moscow (RUS) 1 Bayer Leverkusen 04 (GER) 1 Tuesday
Borussia Dortmund (GER) 8 Legia Warsaw (POL) 4 Tuesday
Sporting Lisbon (POR) 1 Real Madrid (SPA) 2 Tuesday
Leicester City 2 Club Brugge (BEL) 1 Tuesday
FC Copenhagen (DEN) 0 FC Porto (POR) 0 Tuesday
Sevilla (SPA) 1 Juventus (ITA) 3 Tuesday
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 0 Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 1 Tuesday


Group E Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 AS Monaco 5 3 2 0 9 4 11 +5
2 Bayer Leverkusen 5 1 4 0 5 4 7 +1
3 Tottenham Hotspur 5 1 1 3 3 5 4 -2
4 CSKA Moscow 5 0 3 2 4 8 3 -4

Position before match :  3rd
Position after match :  3rd


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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