Tottenham vs Monaco by Isaiah
Tottenham returns to the Champions League groups after six years and will try to accomplish what they done before, to qualify. In a group with Monaco, Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow, they have the opportunity and surely they are one of the favorites for qualification. Last season in the Europa League Tottenham reached the round of 16 and was eliminated with a 5-1 aggregate score from Dortmund. Of course last season Tottenham had as first priority the Premier League where they were chasing Leicester.
This season in the first four games in the Premier League, Tottenham is unbeaten (2-2-0). The draws were against Liverpool at home and Everton away, both with 1:1 score, while the victories was against Crystal Palace 1:0 and Stoke City 0-4 in the latest match. They dissolved Stoke and had a great game where the best player was the Korean Heung-Min Son, who scored two goals and had an assist on his first appearance this season. Good news that keeper Hugo Loris is back, while left back Danny Rose (3 games, 1 goal) will not play tonight.
Monaco last year did not participated to the Champions League groups, having been eliminated to the qualifiers from Valencia. To the groups of Europa League they finished third behind Anderlecht and Tottenham. They lost easily at London 4:1, and at home they just took the point with a 1-1 draw. But this season they qualified to the groups fairly, with good games over Fenerbahce and Villarreal.
In the French league Monaco has a great start (3-1-0) and are on top with ten points. In the first game they drew 2-2 at Guingamp, but then three wins came, 1:0 over Nantes, 1:3 away to PSG and 1:4 away to Lille. In the last match, against Lille, coach Jardim made some changes, indicating that they will often do this season to keep the team fresh for the Champions League. Main keeper Danijel Subasic (3 games) faces a small injury problem and his presence is not sure tonight, while left back Benjamin Mendy (3 games) and attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar (2 games) are both ruled out.
Tottenham in a good day presents some excellent football, like what they did away to Stoke, and in their bad day they managed to not lose. To the Champions League they will presented fully serious and not like the Europa League in recent years. Monaco has started positively enough the season and shows a quite good image in most games. Especially the midfield and in front, both teams have great units, and I expect goals tonight.