Spurs and Monaco meet again in Wembley bow

8 Sep


Wembley is the venue for Tottenham Hotspur FC’s return to the UEFA Champions League as they host Group F rivals AS Monaco FC – a team they faced in the UEFA Europa League only last season.

Previous meetings
• Tottenham eliminated Monaco from last season’s UEFA Europa League when beating them 4-1 at White Hart Lane in their final game of the group stage last December. Erik Lamela hit a first-half hat-trick and though Stephan El Shaarawy scored for Monaco, Tom Carroll added a fourth goal for group winners Spurs.






• The lineups on 10 December 2015 were:
Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies, Dier (Bentaleb 42), Carroll, Lamela (Chadli 62), Njié (Alli 79), Onomah, Son.
Monaco: Subašić, Wallace, Toulalan, Elderson, Bernardo Silva (Diarra 65), Pašalić, Bakayoko, Dirar, Moutinho (Lemar 46), Traoré (Mbappé 56), El Shaarawy.

• The teams had drawn 1-1 in Monaco on 1 October, El Shaarawy’s 81st-minute goal cancelling out a Lamela first-half strike.

• Radamel Falcao scored twice, and Harry Kane once, when Monaco beat Tottenham 5-2 in a pre-season friendly in 2013.

Match background

Tottenham
• Third in the Premier League last season, Spurs are participating in their second UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. They reached the quarter-finals in 2010/11.

• Spurs won four of five home games en route to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League in 2015/16.

• Tottenham have a 100% home record against French visitors (P4 W4).

• They are playing their UEFA Champions League home fixtures at Wembley Stadium owing to the impact – on access, capacity and rights delivery – of construction work taking place on a new stadium adjacent to White Hart Lane.

• Spurs won their first match at the new Wembley – beating Chelsea FC 2-1 in the 2008 English League Cup final – but have lost on their four visits since (2009 and 2015 League Cup finals; 2010 and 2012 FA Cup semi-finals).

• The new Wembley has never hosted UEFA Champions League football before but the old stadium staged Arsenal FC’s three group games in 1999/2000 – one home win (v AIK Solna) and two defeats (v FC Barcelona and ACF Fiorentina).

Monaco
• Monaco are returning to the UEFA Champions League after a season’s absence. On their last participation, in 2014/15, they reached the quarter-finals.

• Third in Ligue 1 last season, they came through two qualifying rounds to reach the group stage beating Fenerbahçe SK (4-3 aggregate) and Villarreal CF (3-1 agg).

• Monaco’s most recent victory in England came in north London during their 2014/15 UEFA Champions League campaign – a 3-1 success at Arsenal in the round of 16.

• Their overall away record against English clubs is W3 D2 L2.

Coach and player links
• Mauricio Pochettino played in French football from 2001 to 2004, with Paris Saint-Germain and FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

• Leonardo Jardim faced Arsenal as Olympiacos FC coach in the 2012/13 group stage, losing 3-1 in London but winning 2-1 at home.

• Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko were in the France side beaten by João Moutinho’s Portugal in the final of UEFA EURO 2016.

• Delle Alli hit his first international goal in England’s 2-0 win over France in a Wembley friendly in November 2015.

• Tom Carroll and Kane were in the England team beaten 1-0 by Bernardo Silva’s Portugal in their opening game at the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.

• Ricardo Carvalho faced Tottenham ten times as a player at Chelsea (W4 D4 L2). He scored the only goal in a 1-0 home victory in April 2007 – but the same year lost to Spurs at Wembley in the League Cup final.

• As an OGC Nice player, Lloris faced Monaco five times in the ‘Derby de la Côte d’Azur’ (W1 D3 L1).

• Lloris and Jérémy Toulalan were team-mates in the Olympique Lyonnais side that won 2-1 at Liverpool FC in the 2009/10 group stage.

• Sissoko scored both goals for Toulouse FC in a 2-0 Ligue 1 win over Monaco in February 2011.

• The two clubs have some notable former players in common: Glenn Hoddle, Dimitar Berbatov, Jürgen Klinsmann and Emmanuel Adebayor.

• Players who have played together:
Lloris, Sissoko & Djibril Sidibé (France)
Lloris & Toulalan (Lyon)

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