Monaco v Spurs - opposing manager's view
22 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Monaco need only a point to seal their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League tonight (Tuesday, November 22), but manager Leonardo Jardim says his players are targeting all three against us at Stade Louis II.
The hosts are perched atop the Group E standings ahead of this evening's action, having won two and drawn two of their four games in the competition to date.
But far from setting out simply to draw the game and see themselves through with a game to spare, Jardim says his side remains determined to claim victory in the matchday five clash which, by Mauricio Pochettino's own admission, is a must-win match for us.
“We have the chance to meet our second target of qualifying for the knockout rounds, having already fulfilled our number one objective by getting through the qualifying rounds,” said Jardim, who coached Eric Dier during his last season at Sporting Lisbon.
“We need to play our football and not think about trying to collect a point. We've told the players it's important to play our game, go for the win and not think about playing for a draw as that could be dangerous for us.”
One player who will be determined to grab the goals in order to carry out his manager's instructions is ex-Manchester United and Chelsea loanee Radamel Falcao. The 30-year-old striker has plundered six goals in his last five games in all competitions and Jardim beamed: “Falcao is a great player. I'm happy he's with us. He's a top professional and a top player, as he's been showing in the league and in the Champions League.”
Of course, Monaco got the better of us on matchday one with a 2-1 victory at Wembley Stadium but Jardim is remaining coy on whether he'll set his team up with similar tactics tonight.
“We could play like we did at Wembley with an attacking midfielder off a front player, or we could play with two attackers,” he added.
Mauricio Pochettino and Hugo Lloris spoke to the media ahead of the game yesterday. Take a look at what they had to say.