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Falcao-v-SpursToday Ranieri and Andre Villas-Boas got a chance to see how their teams were progressing in a friendly preseason game. Ranieri came out with a strong starting 11 looking as if he was trying to see if this would be what he goes with heading into start of the season. AVB was forced to come up with a weaker line up than the fans would have hoped due to injuries, and the main issue was the back line only having Kyle Walker the only regular starter, lining up with Jake Livermore(who is a central midfielder) and Zeki Fryers in the the center back roles, with Danny Rose controlling the left.

The 4 at the back showed some inexperience but made up for it with determination in the first half only conceding 1 goal due to a beautiful unsuspecting strike from Monaco right back Andrea Raggi, beating Hugo Lloris at his near post. The tenacity and energy in the youthful defenders helped them keep Monaco, namely Falcao at bay for the most part of the first half.

The second half  Monaco took the game up a notch  and exposed the inexperienced defense, as their positioning began to deteriorate the longer game went on, and Lucas Ocampos scored in the 47′ minute mark and quickly after Falcao scored another in the 49′ minute. Tottenham managed to pull one back with a goal from Harry Kane in the 57′ minute mark, but then Falcao showed up once again scoring in the 66′ minute. Monaco decided to put the game out of Spurs reach with Mounir Obbadi  getting the ball on the right and slotting is past Lloris in the 71′ minute, but substitute Andros Townsend for Spurs seemed determined to show his worth, and gained the 2nd goal for Tottenham, but unfortunately it was the final goal of the game.

AVB got a chance to see new signing Chadli in action, who had some decent moments, he strung together some passes, was strong in holding off opponents, and had quick feet. It was not much to go on but, you could see those moments of brilliance, and the fact that young Harry Kane kept coming deeper, closer to Chadli made it very crowded and difficult for the Belgian International to have more space and time on the ball. The youngsters and players who are trying to get more first team play had their chance to shine, but it seemed Monaco was too much for them on the day.

Monaco looked like they came out to win, and show their boss what they are capable of, and they did that and got themselves a great result. Tottenham cannot be too disappointed with the result as it was not their strongest team, but you could see that it would have been helpful to the team if natural CB Steven Caulker was still available. This performance perhaps put in AVB’s mind that another CB is something they may need to look at with these unexpected early injuries.

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