Tottenham Hotspur opened their Champions League campaign in front of 85,000 people on Wednesday, and I think it’s safe to say that most of them would have liked things to go a bit differently. Spurs looked good, especially in the second half, but were undone by some early errors that Monaco managed to convert into goals.
Thomas Lemar who came on as a substitute was particularly good for the Monegasques as he assisted the opener and then scored to put the principality club up by two. Spurs threatened and had a number of good chances, but didn’t test Daniel Subasic nearly enough, firing several shots directly at the Monaco keeper.
All in all, it wasn’t a great result, but CSKA and Bayer Leverkusen wound up playing to a 2-2 draw, so the damage is somewhat mitigated. Tottenham are currently bottom of the group with a trip to Moscow coming in two weeks. I’m not going to say it’s a must win, but it’s close to being one.
In case you don't remember how the ratings work from last year, I'll lay out the rating system just in case you've forgotten.
- I don't even know how to describe this level of bad.
- Very bad
- Below Average
- Above Average
- Very good
- World Class or Amazing
Without further delay, here you go: