It was a sobering evening for Tottenham as they fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Monaco in the Champions League.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
It was the exact opposite of their dramatic 3-2 win over West Ham at the weekend for Tottenham as they failed to hit top gear in their must win Champions League game against Monaco. Harry Kane was able to continue his scoring run which saw him notch his fourth goal in three games, but that was one of the few points of optimism in the game as they fell to a 2-1 loss.
The defeat means that Tottenham are out of the Champions League with a game to play, and will have to settle for Europa League on Thursday evenings, a huge step back from where they want to be.
In the defeat, what did we learn about Tottenham or, more importantly, what did they learn about themselves?
Huge Lloris must sign a new contract
It was a night to forget for every Tottenham player on the pitch bar one man. Their captain, Hugo Lloris, was in sparkling form against Monaco. He made a string of top quality saves to keep their hosts out for as long as he could and, at one point, it seemed as though his resistance could have inspired Tottenham as they level through Harry Kane's penalty. However, Monaco immediately came up the pitch from kick off and scored again, giving Lloris barely enough time to celebrate the equaliser before they were behind again.
Tottenham's Hugo Lloris
He was given no chance with either of the goals as Tottenham's defence fell apart on more than one occasion. The pick of his saves were from Radamel Falcao's first-half penalty, before he pulled off one of the best saves seen in the Champions League as he somehow tipped a fiercely struck shot over the bar from mere yards in front of him. Without the Frenchman, it would have been an embarrassing game for Tottenham, therefore they owe him no end of praise. There have been rumblings surrounding his contract of late, but Tottenham must do everything in their power to keep him. His ability on the ball, leadership and experience, coupled with the fact he is one of the best shot stoppers in the world means Spurs should move heaven and earth to keep him.
A step up too soon for Winks
Harry Winks played a huge part in the victory over West Ham on the weekend as his full debut was marked by a good performance and a goal that kick started Tottenham's fightback. In the first-half against the Hammers, he and his midfield partners seemed off the pace, however, in the second-half they came out and put in a far more impressive showing. Winks was the most improved player as he used his passing ability, deft touches and youthful abandon to drive Tottenham on and control the midfield.
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks during training
This performance convinced Mauricio Pochettino to keep faith with the youngster for their must win game against Monaco. However, his inexperience did show and he was largely anonymous in the game. That is not to say that he didn't have any impact on the game at all though. Winks was a willing runner, he tried to hustle and harry Monaco's players and he made a number of impressive runs and passes. However, their opponents were fluid when moving from defence to attack and Winks found himself bypassed often by their creative midfield. Winks is a very talented player and he has a very bright future at Tottenham, but he was lacking the necessary experience to really help his side kick on last night. If anything, his appearance was a fantastic lesson for the youngster.
Moussa Sissoko is worse than he has ever been
When Moussa Sissoko signed for Tottenham, there was a lot of optimism surrounding his move. The winger had been an integral part of France's Euro 2016 campaign in which they reached the final. His energy, power and pace were clear for all to see and, judging on his performances over the summer, he fully warranted a move away for Newcastle, whom he had obviously fallen out of love with. However, the season before with the Magpies had been one of anonymity as he contributed to their downfall and relegation to the Championship. Tottenham fans would have dismissed this and cited his form over the summer, thus pushing any possible chance of a nightmare for the Frenchman to the back of their minds.
Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko before the match
However, that nightmare was something every Spurs fan shared in last night as he was brought on by Pochettino with a view to changing the game. However, the manager may as well have taken off Harry Winks for no one, with Sissoko actually hindering Tottenham. His first touch was abysmal, his passing was worse and he looked laboured, off the pace and bored at times. Too often did he concede possession, thus forcing his teammates to have to work harder to make up for his mistake, sapping vital energy and time, both of which they did not have.
Sissoko needs to do something very quickly, otherwise he will forever be remembered as one of the most expensive mistakes in Premier League history.
Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko