Tottenham’s Champions League campaign opened in desperately disappointing fashion as they slumped to defeat against AS Monaco at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side – playing in Europe’s elite tournament for the first time since 2010-11 – are staging group games at Wembley as the capacity of their own White Hart Lane ground has been reduced as they build their new stadium.
And despite the atmosphere and expectation created by a record-breaking crowd of 85,011 – the highest ever home attendance for an English club – Spurs failed to rise to the occasion and paid the price for first-half sloppiness in defence.
Spurs dominated the opening phase, with Son Heung Min’s shot being cleared off the line by Andrea Raggi, but Bernardo Silva’s fine angled finish and a near post shot from substitute Thomas Lemar put Monaco in control.
Toby Alderweireld’s header right on half-time appeared to set Spurs up for a second-half recovery but the expected siege never materialised, with Harry Kane missing their best chance late on.
Spurs can still escape a group that also contains Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow but this poor performance and result means they have instantly made life difficult for themselves.