Tottenham Hotspur are staring at their most important Champions League group stage match of the campaign thus far as they prepare to take on Monaco today at the Stade Louis II. Win today and they position themselves well to escape the group if they can get a result against CSKA Moscow at Wembley.
A draw or a loss doesn’t eliminate them exactly, but it does make their task much, much more difficult and takes their progression out of their direct control. Essentially, anything short of a win means relying on CSKA Moscow to beat Bayer Leverkusen. The Metro breaks down all the scenarios nicely.
None of that lessens the importance of this match today, though. Spurs are desperate for a win today, and Mauricio Pochettino has some big decisions to make. Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela, and Ben Davies are all confirmed out with injuries, and the trio of Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, and Dele Alli are all being “assessed” to see if they are ready to start. Kane played 90 minutes on Saturday in the Premier League on his recently healed ankle, but Pochettino isn’t sure if he wants to risk his star striker today with a trip to Chelsea coming up this weekend. It’s a similar story for Dembele and Alli, though both of them had abbreviated shifts against West Ham.
What we do know is that Danny Rose is very likely to play, since he’s suspended against Chelsea, and the central defense pairing of Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen will likely persist. Beyond that, we have no idea. The importance of this match suggests a strong lineup, but Poche will NEED to rotate some if he wants to have a healthy and fit side to take on the Blues at the weekend.
Spurs played well against Monaco at Wembley but lost to two well-placed Monaco goals. Now they face the task of winning the return match in a hostile stadium. It’s a tall order, but that’s the Champions League, isn’t it?
Subs: Vorm, Vertonghen, Walker, Eriksen, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen. #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 22, 2016
How to Watch
Date/time: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 8:45 pm (Monaco), 7:45 pm (UK), 2:45 pm (USA)
Location: Stade Louis II, Monaco
Match Official: Björn Kuipers (NED)
TV: Fox Sports 1 (USA), BT Sport 2 (UK), beIN Sports (Canada, Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: Fox Sports Go / Fox Soccer2Go (USA), BT Sport Live Streaming (UK)
Radio: Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com, also often at BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live, and TalkSport
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