After putting in a serious title challenge in the EPL last season, Spurs are in the Champions League with anything less than the Round of 16 a disappointment. They'll begin their campaign at Wembley with White Hart Lane at reduced capacity as Spurs prepare to move grounds. Ticket sales have been brisk, allowing the north London side to host Monaco on the biggest stage in England. After scoring a solitary goal in each of their first three matches, Spurs broke out for a 4-0 win, including Harry Kane's first of the season, against Stoke last weekend. AS Monaco also scored four, coming of the momentum of beating four-time title holders Paris Saint Germain 3-1 the prior week. That run was good enough to put them atop Ligue 1. Their top goalscorer is an unlikely one - Brazilian defensive mid Fabinho leads them with three goals in the league, including a rocket over the weekend from outside the box. He also scored in both legs of their Champions League play-off against Villareal and has now scored in five straight matches in all competitions. The principality side's recent momentum makes this match one of the most fascinating in Round 1, further amplified by Wembley's lights.
Spurs return to the Champions League for the first time since 2010-11 after their third place finish in the EPL last season. For manager Mauricio Pochettino, it’s an opportunity to cement a new era for Spurs - one where they are seen as a consistent top four finisher, legitimate contender for the title and feared in Europe. As a part of their expanded ambitions, they brought in needed reinforcements through the Eredivisie top scorer Vincent Janssen and defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama. CSKA Moscow, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen don’t make for an easy group, but one the new Spurs should expect to get out of.
Runners-up in the Champions League in 1994, the principality’s club spent last season in the Europa league while finishing third in Ligue 1. Monaco struggled to find a reliable threat up top last season with Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar joint top scorers in the league with five goals apiece. To that end, Falcao is back from his disappointing loans in the Premier League with hopes to revive his career. Otherwise, Les Rouges et Blancs will look to the Portuguese duo of João Moutinho and the aforementioned Silva to control matches and create chances. They’ll face a difficult, but not impossible group which will include a trip to Moscow and matchups against Spurs and Bayer Leverkusen.
Has been named Danish Footballer of the Year for three straight seasons. Known for pinpoint passing and long-range strikes.
Had a hot streak of 9 goals in 6 matches last season on his way to 28 goals across all competitions.
The versatile midfielder has made nearly 100 appearances for both the Portuguese national team and Monaco.
Scored 11 goals in 19 appearances in his last season at Monaco, before being injured in halfway through the season.