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A few facts on...AS Monaco

Posted on 1 October 2015  - 11:00

Tonight represents the first time we've met AS Monaco in competitive action - here are a few facts and stats ahead of our meeting in Europa League, Group J.

Mario Pasalic, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrate Nabil Dirar's goal against Guingamp on SundayThomas Lemar - Monaco's top-scorer so far this seasonDefender Fabinho scores an injury-time winner at Montpellier on September 24Bernardo Silva celebrates his goal at Guingamp on SundayMonaco's Italian striker Stephan El Shaarawy

Formed - 1919.

Nickname - Les Rouge et Blanc (The Red and Whites)

Stadium - Stade Louis II

Honours - Monaco have won Ligue 1 on seven occasions, the latest in 2000. They've also bagged five French Cups and won the French League Cup once in 2003.

Below: The lads train at Stade Louis II on Wednesday evening

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European form - Monaco reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, knocking Arsenal out in the Round of 16 before narrowly losing 1-0 on aggregate to eventual-finalists Juventus. Having finished third in Ligue 1 last season, Monaco kicked-off their 2015-16 European campaign in the third qualifying round of the Champions League but having hammered Young Boys, they lost 4-3 on aggregate to Valencia in the play-off.

Domestic form - Monaco are currently ninth of 20 in Ligue 1 with three wins, three draws and two defeats in their opening eight games.

Last time out - Monaco drew 3-3 against Guingcamp in Ligue 1 on Sunday thanks to goals from Bernado Silva, Andrea Raggi and Nabil Dirar.

Familiar faces - Spurs fans will remember Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho from his time at Chelsea (2004-10) while Marco Lopes was at City between 2013-15. Midfielder Mario Pasalic is on loan from Chelsea.

About the coach - Venezuela-born Leonardo Jardim has been Monaco coach since 2014. A coach from his mid-20s, he has managed Beira-Mar and Braga in Portugal, Olympiacos in Greece and finished second in Portugal with Sporting in 2013-14.

Below: Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim

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European history against English clubs - Monaco have played 12 times against English clubs in European competition, winning six, drawing three and losing three.

Spurs against French teams in Europe - This will be our fourth meeting against a French team. We lost our first in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup back in November, 1967 against Lyon. We lost the away leg 1-0 and went out on away goals after winning 4-3 at the Lane, Jimmy Greaves (2), Cliff Jones and Alan Gilzean on target. We then took on Nantes in the UEFA Cup in 1971, drew 0-0 away and won 1-0 at home with Martin Peters grabbing the winner. More recently, we won 3-2 on aggregate against Lyon in the Round of 32 of the Europa League in 2013. We won 2-1 at home thanks to a Gareth Bale double before Mousa Dembele struck late to win it 3-2 on aggregate in Lyon.

French connections - Glenn Hoddle, Dimitar Berbatov, Jurgen Klinsmann and Emmanuel Adebayor all played for both Spurs and Monaco. Meanwhile, Hugo Lloris (Nice, Lyon) and Clinton Njie (Lyon) will know Monaco well from their playing days in Ligue 1.