They Came, They Saw, They Were Defeated.

Monaco celebrate against Tottenham

Djibril Sidibe and Radamel Falcao celebrate Monaco’s opening goal (BBC sports)

Even though they are still unbeaten in premier league until now, their debacle in European elite competition has shown that our north London neighbours are not as big as they think themselves of, and should be content with thursday night fixtures in Europa league. Rewind back a few months when the draw was made, on paper, they had the easiest of groups, that even their fans were all smiles. Fast forward a few months to UCL match day 5 in Monaco, Spurs were all frightened kitten as they succumbed to their third consecutive defeat in the champions league. Monaco 2-1 Tottenham. They bottled it up as usual -otherwise, who comes third in a two horse race?

Totally outclassed, Tottenham were second best in all aspects; 15 touches on the host’s penalty area to a whopping 26 touches by Monaco, 6 shots on target to the host’s 16 shots. (Monaco left/Spurs righ)

To say that spurs were totally outclassed is to spare them serious blushes; they were annihilated. It was a miracle that the game was in balance until the 94th minute, thanks to Hugo Lloris masterclass in goal. Little wonder he was the man of the match on the night. Wonder saves, penalty save And what not. Sidibe was a pain in the ass for the visitors, with his marauding runs on the right flank, while Bernard pulled strings in the middle of the park. It was a fitting performance from a worthy group toppers. 

What’s  next for spurs? 

They travel to Chelsea this weekend in what might be the end of their unbeaten run in the premier league.

“We are out and we have time to assess and analyse. It is true we feel disappointed but today we missed opportunities”

-Mauricio Pochetino

Goes to show how remarkly consistent Arsenal has been, even through untold difficulties over the years; qualifying for the knockout stages of the UCL, year-in year-out with limited resources. This Tottenham side had Everything they needed to qualify from a seemingly easy group, yet they redemonstrted why the red divide of London thinks they are forever in their shadow.

Even standing on the Emirates stadium turf, they were still in the shadow?

Take a moment and observe a minute silence for our neighbours. North London will always be red. COYG!!


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