Five things learned from Spurs' 1-1 draw with Monaco

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Erik Lamela put the North Londoners ahead against the Ligue 1 outfit, only for Stephan El Shaarawy to level late on.

It was another confident performance from Erik Lamela

The Argentinian has been making headlines for all the right reasons in his recent matches, and he managed to score his third goal in four appearance with the opener against Monaco. His general performance was excellent as well, as he carried the ball superbly and the visitors were noticeably less of a threat once he went off midway through the second half. The next couple of league games, away to Swansea and then at home to Liverpool will go a long way to indicate if Lamela has truly turned the corner, but on evidence like this, he very much has.

Harry Kane's goalscoring form is still not quite there

Any supporters hoping their star striker would explode onto the goal trail after his first club strike of the season will have winced as the England international failed to convert a couple of good chances that would have surely elevated his confidence back towards where it was last season. He's getting into good positions, and making the goalkeeper work, but the 22-year-old still could do with that little run of fortune to find the back of the net rather than the goalkeeper.

Dele Alli made a big impression

If Lamela was one of the stars of the show, Dele Alli was certainly another, as he celebrated his call-up to the full England squad with a superb performance. The youngster looks at home as one of two central midfielders, boasting the work-rate, physique and care not to neglect any defensive duties. But it is going forward where he continues to excel, and it was from his shot that Lamela found the net, with Alli's composure and quick feet drawing players to him and giving space for his teammates. Kane could also have scored after more good work front he 19-year-old.

Danny Rose showed how much he wants to win back the left-back spot

The 25-year-old put his body on the line throughout the match, suffering a couple of injuries, including one nasty looking cut on his hand. Rose was again an attacking threat and he also made a sensational last ditch challenge late on to prevent a second Monaco goal. No one can doubt the fullback for effort and energy, and Spurs should be delighted to have such a battle on their hands for their left-back slot.

Tottenham look the strongest side in the Group J

Despite the disappointment of conceding a goal in the last ten minutes of the match, and considering how well Spurs played in the first half, nobody should beat themselves up too much about the result. When the group was drawn Spurs looked to have it tough on paper, but if they manage to avoid defeat in their away games like they did on Thursday, then the club will be in a strong position to top the group. Considering Monaco and Anderlecht, the two other established sides in the group, are still yet to win, Mauricio Pochettino should be confident as they prepare for an away game in Brussels. If they can avoid defeat there things will look very positive. 

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