Results for Spurs vs Monaco

Pochettino rightly furious we fell into the trap

12:30 pm


It was for me the unseen issue before the game, not the size of the Wembley pitch, not the difficulty of UEFA Champions League football but the mental reaction of players to the occasion. I penned an article before the game that we had to go to Wembley mentally to win and not to 'enjoy' the occasion.

The bottom line is we didn't. We fell into the trap of taking in the experience of the occasion, much like a tourist takes in their surroundings. Where was the killer instinct? Son, who in my opinion should have been on the bench, took far too long with his chance, supplied by Kane early on. His control was sloppy, he moved the ball then shot and seemed to take an age to do so giving the defender all the time he needed to make an easy clearance.

The mentality was the theme of Mauricio Pochttino's after game assessment to the assembled reporters and is the issue we will have to confront for our next Wembley game and indeed the away tie at CSKA Moscow that has now become very important..

“That’s too good an excuse [Wembley]. We need to work, to show more hunger. We need to show a different image. 
“We fought a lot last season to be here and your feeling is ‘Why not do more? If this was basketball, I would have taken them all off. 
“It was a game that we started well. Then we conceded a goal, and you cannot concede at this level - the Champions League or the Premier League - when you play for Tottenham. 
“It is difficult to accept. The second goal was the same. When you concede like this you can speak about many things but 2-0 down was very difficult. 
“We created. I think we were better than Monaco. But to win you need to show more and create more.”

Pochettino rightly furious we fell into the trap Pochettino rightly furious we fell into the trap Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

BBC highlights video: Too slow from the back again

7:00 pm


Now things have died down and knee-jerk reaction is out of the way it is good to look at the game again in the light of points people are making.

I have to agree with Pochettino that were content to be passing the ball around without any urgency in the first-half. It was a pedestrian performance, something I constantly highlight with our passing, particularly across the back.

If Vertonghen is going to play the ball to Davies or Alderweireld or Walker it has to be done with speed on the ball. If a player ha to stand and wait for the ball to slowly arrive then the opposition have time to simply shuffle across and then there are limited passing options, so the ball slowly goes the other way.

These guys are professional footballers, they can control a ball hit at harder than a snails pace. That one very simple change give the player receiving the ball potentially more immediate options.We can't move an opposition around and move them into areas they don't want to go if we play slowly.

BBC highlights video: Too slow from the back again BBC highlights video: Too slow from the back again Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:00 pm Rating: 5

Video: Harry Kane answering press quetions

5:00 pm


Not the result we would all have hoped and the side will have to learn from this experience, complacency is not an option.

Harry Kane answered reporters questions in the press room after the game and the video below is nearly 4 minutes of that. Play the video to hear what he has to say.

Video: Harry Kane answering press quetions Video: Harry Kane answering press quetions Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:00 pm Rating: 5

Will Alli become frustrated?

8:30 am


Good morning everyone, It's 6:30 in the morning here in Folkestone as I pen this on what looks to be a cool day after the heat we have had.

Wembley served as a cooling experience for Tottenham last night when we went down 2-1 to Monaco. The other game in the group ended 2-2 so we sit bottom of the group.

A new stadium, new crowd, new pitch, a new competition, a new experience and not everybody handled it is the same way. We were always going to learn from the experience.

Mauricio Pochettino, for me, picked the wrong team. Surely in this opening game we should have been playing our strongest front four and that includes Dele Alli. While some fans try to tell me his best position is as a defensive midfielder, I have to disagree, he is best as a central attacking midfielder and we were at our best when he was moved there, unfortunately he was moved again to accommodate someone else and that to me is the biggest concern from last night.

He is a versatile player and he is being shunted around to accommodate other players in their preferred positions. So we are taking something away from our team to add someone else to it. Will Dele Alli become frustrated by this policy? There is no sign of it yet.

He started as a defensive midfielder with Moussa Dembele on the bench, then into his best position as a central attacking midfielder when Dembele came on at half-time, then out to the left side to accommodate Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela, basically got in the way, took the ball off Dier I think it was, lost it in a dangerous area and we were 1-0 down. He then proceeded to try to do too much before he calmed down, had a shot and played a curling ball into the box that Alli couldn’t quite reach.

Dele was asleep for the second goal. Not the first time he hasn’t tracked a man into the box and while Vertonghen should have done better with the header there were a catalogue of errors.

As I say though, should we keep moving Dele Alli around to benefit another player, should it not be the other way around. Dele Alli is playing number 10, you will all have to move to accommodate him. Dembele could have started and been substituted when he became fatigued. Wanyama or Sissoko could have played the role for the second half, leaving Alli free to play at 10 the whole game.

Despite his two goals on Saturday I wouldn’t have started with Son. It was a big decision and for me a wrong one, it took Dele Alli away from where he is needed.

It is on to the weekend and Sunderland next where we will need to resume winning ways.

Will Alli become frustrated? Will Alli become frustrated? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Tottenham: 6/7 debutants, 7 goals 9 assists

7:00 pm


After a wait of five years, Tottenham Hotspur will finally play UEFA Champions League football again, this time at a full Wembley stadium, as they take on French side AS Monaco who qualified through the play-offs after finishing third in Ligue 1.

The last engagement in Europe's most prodigious competition was a 0-5 defeat on aggregate against Real Madrid in 2011 at the quarter-final stages.

The personnel has changed somewhat at White Hart Lane since then as has the manager and the sides approach. The only two survivors from that squad are right-back Kyle Walker who has rediscovered his form and Tom Carroll.


1Heurelho Gomes80
23Carlo Cudicini30
37Stipe Pletikosa00


2Alan Hutton40
4Younès Kaboul31
13William Gallas80
19Sébastien Bassong40
20Michael Dawson40
22Vedran Ćorluka60
26Ledley King20
32Benoît Assou-Ekotto100
39Jonathan Woodgate10
41Calum Butcher--
44Nathan Byrne--


3Gareth Bale94
5David Bentley00
6Tom Huddlestone50
7Aaron Lennon90
8Jermaine Jenas80
11Rafael van der Vaart72
12Wilson Palacios60
14Luka Modrić81
21Niko Kranjčar40
24Jamie O'Hara--
40Steven Pienaar20
46Tom Carroll--
47Jake Nicholson--


9Roman Pavlyuchenko63
10Robbie Keane40
15Peter Crouch94
17Giovani dos Santos00
18Jermain Defoe42

There are others who have experience though, Jan Vertonghen has played 11 Champions League games (990 minutes), Christian Eriksen has played 16 games (1,174 minutes) scoring 2 goals with 6 assists and Toby Alderweireld who has played 20 games (1,747 minutes) scoring 2 goals. All three saw game time with Ajax while Atletico Madrid made the Champions league final with Toby Alderweireld on their books. 

Our captain and goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, has also played 36 Champions League games (3,270 minutes) for French side Olympique Lyonnais, making him our most experienced player. Finally, Son Heung-min has seen 16 Champions League games (1.111 minutes) scoring 3 goals with 3 assists.

The squad  has 7 goals to its name and 9 assists with Son Heung-min the leading goalscorer.

In total there will be six or seven players having their first taste of the competition tonight depending upon the side Mauricio Pochettino picks.

Tottenham: 6/7 debutants, 7 goals 9 assists Tottenham: 6/7 debutants, 7 goals 9 assists Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:00 pm Rating: 5
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