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Clinton's Monaco lowdown

Posted on 30 September 2015  - 12:51

Thursday marks exactly eight months since Clinton Njie’s last trip to Monaco and, based on what he saw that day, he knows how tough the Ligue 1 side can be to break down.

Clinton Njie in training at Hotspur Way yesterday (Tuesday, September 29)In an aerial challenge with Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi last Saturday

The fast-moving attacker was part of the Lyon squad that travelled to Stade Louis II back on February 1, where the two teams battled out a goalless draw.

Although he was an unused substitute on that occasion, as was former Spur Steed Malbranque, Clinton witnessed at close quarters the abilities of some of Monaco’s players.

Now, having joined us in the summer, he’s heading back there with us as we continue our Europa League campaign, but he’s warned our opponents in Group J on Thursday evening will be just as determined as us to take maximum points and believes they will play on the front foot with home advantage working in their favour.

“I think all the teams from the French league, whenever they play teams from England, are motivated and I know we are going to have a difficult game,” said Clinton, who stepped off the bench and provided the assist for Erik Lamela’s goal in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Manchester City in the Premier League.

“Monaco always defend very well and I think they’re going to play forward and attack, so we know it’s going to be a difficult one.

“They will be at 100 per cent because they are playing against Tottenham, but we are going to be ready physically and mentally.

“Monaco are a good team but I think if we go there determined to win we can be victorious.”

Thanks to his previous experiences in the French league, Clinton is in a position to tell us what kind of atmosphere we can expect at the 18,500-seater Stade Louis II.

“It’s an open stadium,” he said. “It’s not always full but in big games like when they’re playing against us I think it will be quite crowded. It’s going to be a good match for the supporters and I hope we can reward our fans with a win.”