A win would guarantee Monaco’s spot in the knockout rounds and the Ligue 1 side enter the match in fantastic form - undefeated in their last five (winning four), three consecutive clean sheets, and three matches with three or more goals. They’re in second in France, three points behind league leaders Nice. Radamel Falcao has scored five goals in seven appearances and they’ve yet to lose at home. Not an optimistic fact sheet for Spurs, who are sitting on only four points from four matches. Worse, they do not control their own destiny after losing to Bayer Leverkusen - a draw against Monaco and a Bayer win against CSKA would see them eliminated. They’ll be entering the match in good spirits after beating rivals West Ham 3-2 with two goals from Harry Kane after the 89th minute. It was a necessary trend reversal after they hadn’t won any of their previous seven matches.
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.
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.
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.
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.