Our match prediction:
Spurs return to continent’s elite competition this year, ready to challenge the likes of Monaco, CSKA Moscow and Bayern Leverkusen for a place in the knockouts. Tottenham are coming off from a spectacular season and will now be keen to make their presence known at the international stage. Their European path begins with a match against Monaco, which will be played at Wembley where they will entertain clubs in the Champions League as their White Hart Lane is being transformed. Pochettino’s men have endured mixed fortune at the beginning of the season. Although they remain unbeaten in their last five games across competitions, Tottenham have either won or drawn all of them. They are coming off from a comprehensive 4-0 win over Stoke which will be a huge morale boost ahead of the Monaco game. Leonardo Jardim’s men travel to England on the back of a five-match winning run which is the ultimate proof of a clear improvement in form. The Principality club have forged a competitive young squad which displayed its potential in a two-legged tie against La Liga side Villarreal en route to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. We predict a tightly contested match and an away win for in-form Monaco.
Highligted Player (Vertonghen):
After spending four years at Ajax, in 2006 Jan Vertonghen signed a loan deal with RKC Waalwijk. The left-footed defender spent one season at Mandemakers Stadion and he returned to Ajax for the 2007/2008 season. The highly rated footballer, who is capable of playing as both centre back and left back, signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 8 July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Premier League outfit ever since. The Belgian defender scored four goals for the Spurs in the 2012/2013 Premier League season and he made 34 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit back then. In the 2015/2016 season Jan Vertonghen and his teammates were producing brilliant displays with Tottenham, but the Spurs eventually finished the campaign in third place in the standings. Speaking of his international career, Vertonghen made it to both World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016) quarter-finals with the Belgian national team. Jan was born on 24 April, 1987 and his shirt number is 5.
Highlighted Team (Monaco):
Though based in Monaco, Les Rouges et Blances – as they are commonly referred to – play their games in the French football league system. Members of the top tier Ligue 1, Monaco play their home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille in front of 18,500 people. The Principality club boasts a turbulent history, which saw Monaco reach the highest heights of both domestic and international scene, but also get relegated to the amateur leagues at the very beginnings and to Ligue 2 in 2010-11 season. The following year AS Monaco were acquired by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose heavy investments turned the Principality club into one of the biggest spenders in Europe in 2013 and reestablishing its place among Europe’s top clubs. AS Monaco have had notable European results in the modern football era having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004. One of the most successful clubs in France AS Monaco have so far won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies.