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Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Monaco

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley
Toby Alderweireld scores for Tottenham
Tottenham are playing home Champions League matches at Wembley while their new stadium is being built

Tottenham's Champions League campaign opened in desperately disappointing fashion as they slumped to defeat against AS Monaco at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino's side - playing in Europe's elite tournament for the first time since 2010-11 - are staging group games at Wembley as the capacity of their own White Hart Lane ground has been reduced as they build their new stadium.

Spurs lacked passion - Pochettino

And despite the atmosphere and expectation created by a record-breaking crowd of 85,011 - the highest ever home attendance for an English club - Spurs failed to rise to the occasion and paid the price for first-half sloppiness in defence.

Spurs dominated the opening phase, with Son Heung-min's shot being cleared off the line by Andrea Raggi, but Bernardo Silva's fine angled finish and a near-post shot from substitute Thomas Lemar put Monaco in control.

Toby Alderweireld's header right on half-time appeared to set Spurs up for a second-half recovery, but the expected siege never materialised, with Harry Kane missing their best chance late on.

Spurs can still escape a group that also contains Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow but this poor performance and result means they have instantly made life difficult for themselves.

Wembley Stadium
Tottenham had the highest home Champions League attendance for an English club against Monaco on Wednesday

Wembley a blessing or a curse?

Spurs did their best to make the national stadium feel like home.

The club's livery was in evidence all around Wembley and a giant flag emblazoned with the club's famous cockerel emblem was draped from the stands.

Spurs fans packed into Wembley, the attendance of 85,011 a new "home" record attendance for the Londoners, the highest English club "home" attendance and highest "home" Champions League attendance.

And despite talk of a Wembley curse, with Spurs winning on only one of their past five appearances there before this meeting with Monaco, none of the ills on show on Wednesday night can be blamed on the atmosphere.

There was a wall of sound at kick-off and Wembley rocked after Alderweireld's goal, which proved a real mood-swinger right on half-time.

Spurs will be back here for their remaining group games against Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow - and they should have no fears about the atmosphere because any problems they created for themselves. It was not a matter of an unfamiliar location or lack of support.

Tottenham fans at Wembley
Spurs had plenty of support at Wembley - their problems lay on the pitch

Spurs learn harsh lessons

It was less than a year ago that Spurs were comfortably beating Monaco 4-1 at White Hart Lane in the Europa League - so the pre-match confidence was understandable and justified.

Spurs were vastly superior in the early stages but the strike from Bernardo Silva put them on their heels before dreadful marking at a throw-in and poor defending from the resulting cross ended with Lemar adding the second.

Group E is one they can still navigate their way out of - but this defeat has been an early lesson in the dangers of a lack of concentration and failure to take chances.

And it is one Spurs must learn quickly.

Kane still struggling for top form

Harry Kane
Spurs striker Kane struggled to impose himself at Wembley on Wednesday

Kane may have got off the mark for this season at Stoke City on Saturday but the England striker is still struggling for his best form.

He was on the margins for most of this game and Spurs will hope he is back on song soon as he will be a pivotal figure in this Champions League campaign.

He is lacking the sort of confidence regular goals bring, as shown when he snatched at an opportunity he would normally put away when presented with Spurs' best chance of an equaliser late on.

The return of Mousa Dembele, on as a second-half substitute, should help Kane and he will surely be back to his best soon - something that cannot come soon enough for Spurs.

The stats you need to know

  • English teams have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their seven Champions League group stage games at Wembley (Spurs in one game and Arsenal in six).
  • Spurs have shipped seven goals in their past three European games - the same number they had conceded in the eight previous games.
  • On 15 minutes, Bernardo Silva scored with Monaco's first shot of the game.
  • Toby Alderweireld scored in his first Champions League appearance since the 2014 final, where he lined up for Atletico Madrid versus Real Madrid.
  • Monaco have scored seven goals in three Champions League visits to London (2-2 v Chelsea in May 2004, 3-1 v Arsenal in February 2015 and now against Spurs).
  • The Lilywhites have lost each of their past four games played at Wembley (two FA Cup semi-finals, one League Cup final and this Champions League clash with Monaco).
  • Spurs have now have won one of their past five Champions League games (a 1-0 victory v AC Milan in February 2011), drawing two and losing three.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 15DierSubstituted forSissokoat 81'minutes
  • 20Alli
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forJanssenat 71'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forDembéléat 45'minutes
  • 10KaneBooked at 35mins


  • 9Janssen
  • 12Wanyama
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 17Sissoko
  • 19Dembélé
  • 38Carter-Vickers


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Subasic
  • 24Raggi
  • 25GlikBooked at 50mins
  • 5Jemerson
  • 19Sidibe
  • 2FabinhoBooked at 55mins
  • 14Bakayoko
  • 7DirarSubstituted forLemarat 5'minutes
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 10Bernardo Silva
  • 9FalcaoSubstituted forGermainat 81'minutes


  • 16De Sanctis
  • 18Germain
  • 20Traoré
  • 27Lemar
  • 28Jean
  • 34Diallo
  • 38Touré
Gianluca Rocchi

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamMonaco
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Monaco 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Monaco 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur).

  4. Post update

    Bernardo Silva (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jemerson.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Valère Germain (Monaco).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Monaco. Tiemoué Bakayoko tries a through ball, but João Moutinho is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

  12. Post update

    Bernardo Silva (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur).

  14. Post update

    Andrea Raggi (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Monaco. Valère Germain replaces Falcao.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko replaces Eric Dier.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tiemoué Bakayoko (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 14th September 2016

As It Stood


3FC Basel10101101


4Dynamo Kyiv100112-10


2Man City11004043
3B Mgladbach100104-40


1Bayern Munich11005053
2Atl Madrid11001013
3PSV Eindhoven100101-10
4FC Rostov100105-50


2CSKA Moscow10102201
3B Leverkusen10102201


1B Dortmund11006063
2Real Madrid11002113
4Legia Warsaw100106-60


2FC Copenhagen10101101
3FC Porto10101101
4Club Bruges100103-30


4Dinamo Zagreb100103-30
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