Tottenham Hotspurs’ return to the UEFA Champions League was noit as rosy as the North Londoners would have desired as the team went down 1 – 2 to French side Monaco in the clash staged at Wembley on Wednesday 14 September.
Kenyan international Victor Wanyama was surprisingly not named in the starting team for the first time since his switch to the team from Southampton, this coming after he was subbed in the weekend win over Stoke City.
His first start on the bench coincided with the team’s first loss of the season as some shambolic defending saw Monaco take a 15th minute lead courtesy of Bernardo Silva off Fabinho’s assist.
The second came on the half hour mark when Thomas Lemar doubled their lead and though Toby Alderweireld halved the deficit by heading home Eric Lamela’s corner, it was not enough to spur a comeback.
Spurs improved after the break with Dele Alli going close with a first-time shot and Harry Kane missing a chance late on but they were unable to draw level.
The result will leave Spurs bottom of Group E with no point after the other match of the group saw Bayer Leverkusen, playing at home, draw with Russian side CSKA Moscow 2 – 2.