After the 4-1 defeat of Manchester City, another win could have been in the cards for the Spurs, but no.
The first half of Tottenham Hotspur against AS Monaco saw some great plays from Erik Lamela, who scored Tottenham’s only goal against Monaco. Lamela started the move with a pass to Chadli, who set up Dele Alli but was denied by Danijel Subasic, but Lamela followed up on the shot and tapped into an empty net. Both Nacer Chadli and Harry Kane could have also netted in the opening period but wasted a couple of opportunities.
Most of the second half was more blah in comparison, with the Spurs seeming to lack a sense of urgency and taking fewer risks. They didn’t defend well enough and could not find the freedom to hit Monaco on break like the first half.
Nabil Dirar was introduced minutes before Monaco’s goal and sent in a fine cross to Stephan El Shaarawy on the goal, with El Shaarawy stumping Lloris by heading it into the back of the net after taking a slight deflection off Kieran Trippier.
The Spurs came within 10 minutes of beating Monaco. Monaco gave a solid performance in the second half, but the Spurs should still have swept them. Maybe Tottenham did a bit too much dreaming after smashing Manchester City…
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