After an unconvincing start to the season, Tottenham Hotspur are looking for more big results after beating the Premier League’s big kids, Man City 4-1.
Mauricio Pochettino now has a decision to make. Does he stay with the winning formula from last Sunday or does he carry on the Tottenham tradition of introducing a number of academy graduates into the first team lifestyle. In previous years Spurs have used the Europa League to experiment their large squad depth with a number of systems being used within the group stage.
Thursday nights game will be Tottenham’s toughest group stage fixture this year and if the North London side manage to get three points for the French Giants they will surely be in the running to finish top of their group.
Monaco are no suckers after reaching the Champions League Quarter Finals last season. This was a shock for the world of football but no one can say that the Ligue 1 side didn’t deserve this. Since then the French side have gone for a total revamp over summer and are still getting use to playing with each other. This will play to Tottenham’s advantage as they will carry forward the confidence from the result against Man City.
900 Spurs fans will fill the Stade Louis II away end on Thursday night and as often seen at any away game involving Spurs the Lilywhite Army will be in fine voice.
Regarding team news, Potchettino could see young midfielder players, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb return to side after picking up knocks earlier on in September. Another Spurs youngster, Alex Pritchard has been sidelined with Clinton N’Jie expected to start against a team he knows well after playing in the Ligue 1 for Lyon.
Mousa Dembele has been ruled out as he is struggling to find fitness after receiving a foot injury. Heun-min Son is expected to start and carry on his good form as Potchettino will probably rest fans favourite, Harry Kane.
Kane ended his goal drought against City in Tottenham’s 4-1 win .
Spurs fans will be pleased to see that Joao Moutinho is a major doubt for Monaco as he is still struggling from injuries after only making three appearances this season. Monaco will not be weak as Stephan El Shaarawy, who is on loan from AC Milan is expected to start for the French side.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1) possible XI: Vorm; Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies; Mason, Dier; Lamela, N’Jie, Chadli; Son.
Monaco possible XI: Subasic; Fabinho, Wallace, Carvalho, Raggi; Bakayoko, Almamy Toure, Bernado Silva; Dirar, Carrillo, El Shaarawy.