Tottenham began their Champins League campaign in front of a packed Wembley Stadium tonight against Monaco.
However, the night didn’t exactly go to plan for Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs team, going down 2-1 to the French side.
Goals, arguably against the run of play at the time, from Bernardo Silva and substitute Thomas Lemar put Monaco 2-0 up after half an hour, and despite Toby Alderweireld pulling one back for Tottenham just before half time, the second half fightback failed to materailse.
So how did the individual players rate on what was a poor night overall for Spurs?
Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings:
Hugo Lloris – 6: Had a reasonable command of the box, though could possbily have done more for Monaco’s second (if being overly critical).
Kyle Walker – 6: Did well going forward, provided an extra source of width. But his contribution to the defence was poor and he was all at sea for Lemar’s goal.
Toby Alderweireld – 7: The better of the two Belgian centre-halves tonight. Alderweireld took his goal well but his drive alone was never going to save this side.
Jan Vertonghen – 5: Not good. Vertonghen was supposed to be an important presence in the Spurs defence tonight but too often he looked far more lost than those around him.
Ben Davies – 5: Had a hand in both Monaco goals, and that’s not a good thing. Davies is only in the side because Rose is not yet fit, and this performance won’t be giving Pochettino any selection headaches.
Dele Alli – 6.5: Restrained in the first half as he had to play deeper, seemed to perk up when Dembélé was introduced in the second half and he could bomb further forward.
Eric Dier – 6: Tried, and never gave up, but this game passed the England midfielder by to some degree.
Érik Lamela – 6: Set up Alderweireld’s goal, but this type of inconsistent performance isn’t good enough from Lamela anymore, not when he has been giving far better displays in the Premier League.
Christian Eriksen – 5.5: Wasn’t a massive influence, save for a few decent passes. Far too quiet when his team needed him.
Son Heung-min – 5: Deserved to keep his place after his two goals against Stoke at the weekend, but did nothing to suggest that he should be in the first-choice lineup going forward.
Harry Kane – 5.5: Still nowhere near his sharp best. Missed a very good chance late on.
Mousa Dembélé (Son 46) – 7: How Tottenham have missed Dembélé. Not much of a presence further up the pitch but allows Alli to do just that while he orchestrates play in midfield.
Vincent Janssen (Lamela 71) – 6: Made a difference when he came on, certainly more than Lamela had been. Would have got the assist had Kane scored that decent chance near the end.
Moussa Sissoko (Dier 81) – N/A: Didn’t have enough time to make an impact.
Monaco Player Ratings:
Danijel Subasic – 7: Could do little about the goal, made some decent saves when Tottenham looked threatening.
Andrea Raggi – 6.5: Handled the battle with Son very well.
Kamil Glik – 6.5: Very good performance from the Polish international, but could possibly have done better for Alderweireld’s goal
Jemerson – 7: The Brazilian defender gave an assured performance, rarely giving the Spurs attack an inch.
Djibril Sidibe – 7: Had a hand in Moncao’s second, played out an entertaining and somewhat even battle with the Spurs right.
Fabinho – 7.5: Manchester United might want the Brazilian international as a right-back but Fabinho was very proficient in midfield tonight. Best passing percentage of any player on the pitch (according to Whoscored)
Tiemoue Bakayoko – 7: Tireless display from Fabinho’s midfield partner. Phenomenal work-rate that the Spurs midfield struggled with at times.
Nabil Dirar – N/A: Replaced through injury after five minutes
Bernardo Silva – 8: Best player on the pitch. Bernardo Silva produced a fine opener for the away side, and always seemed ready and able to take on a defender at the drop of a hat.
Joao Moutinho – 7: Once a major Spurs target, Moutinho gave a good account of himself in the Monaco midfield. Didn’t run the show, but didn’t need to.
Radamel Falcao – 6: Probably his best ever performance in England. Make of that what you will.
Thomas Lemar (Dirar 5) – 7: Brilliant finish for the goal, and was up and down the right flank throughout. A constant source of danger.
Valere Germain (Falcao 81) – N/A: Not enough time to make an impact.