Nigerian international Elderson Echiejile will be aiming to help his club side Monaco beat Tottenham when the London team come calling in France today.
Though rejuvenated Tottenham after their slow start this season grinded out spectacular performance which enabled them to thrash English Premier league leaders Man City 4-1 at the weekend , left-back player Echiejile is of the view that Monaco has what it takes to claim all points at home.
AS Monaco FC got the better of Tottenham Hotspur FC in a pre-season friendly in 2013 and will look to repeat that result for real in UEFA Europa League Group J.
The clubs are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition, but Claudio Ranieri’s Monaco beat a Tottenham side led by André Villas-Boas 5-2 in a pre-season friendly in August 2013.
Monaco’s record in 12 games against English teams is W6 D3 L3 (W3 D1 L2 at home – W3 D2 L1 in England). Most recently, they eliminated Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal FC from last season’s UEFA Champions League round of 16, proceeding on away goals despite a 2-0 home defeat.
Monaco registered just seven goals in their ten-game voyage to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals last term; they have already scored 11 this season.
Venezuela-born Leonardo Jardim has been Monaco boss since 2014. A coach from his mid-20s onwards, he managed SC Beira-Mar and SC Braga in the Portuguese top flight, then tried his luck in Greece with Olympiacos FC before earning a second-placed Liga finish with a young Sporting Clube de Portugal side in 2013/14.
For Spurs, they have lost their two most recent European away matches without scoring.
In seven preceding UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League campaigns, Tottenham have failed just once to reach the round of 32 – missing the cut in 2011/12.
Mauricio Pochettino has been manager of Tottenham since 2014, the former RCD Espanyol and Paris Saint-Germain defender brought to London after an impressive 18 months at Southampton FC. He was capped 20 times by Argentina, featuring at the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals.