Tottenham vs. Monaco: Winners and Losers from Europa League Game

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterDecember 10, 2015

Tottenham vs. Monaco: Winners and Losers from Europa League Game

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    Tottenham Hotspur finished atop UEFA Europa League Group J after beating Monaco 4-1 on Thursday night at White Hart Lane, London.

    Erik Lamela fired in a first-half hat-trick as the hosts sped to a 3-0 halftime lead. Stephan El Shaarawy pulled a goal back for Monaco just past the hour mark before Tom Carroll completed the scoring with a fine individual effort.

    "The mentality was great. We showed a winning mentality and we need to keep this for the whole season," Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said, according to the club's official Twitter account.

    The win meant Spurs topped Group J with 13 points and will enter the round of 32 as a seeded team. Monaco finished third with six points and were eliminated from the competition.

    Here, Bleacher Report selects winners and losers from the match.

Winner: Erik Lamela

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    Erik Lamela scored three times in the first half to give Tottenham a commanding lead and confirm the hosts as Group J winners.

    The Argentine's first was a simple tap-in following good work down the left by Ben Davies. His second owed a major debt to poor goalkeeping by Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. But his third, in the 37th minute, was a scorching strike from the edge of the box, a powerful finish from a player who was clearly enjoying himself on the night.

    Surely a night to remember for Lamela.

Loser: Danijel Subasic

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    Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic played his part in Tottenham's second goal with a glaring error in the visitors' net.

    In the 15th minute, Erik Lamela hit a dipping shot on goal from the edge of the box. Subasic appeared ready to make a fairly comfortable save but instead allowed the ball past him and into the net.

    At this level, a professional goalkeeper really ought to make that save.

Winners: Ben Davies and Tom Carroll

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    Erik Lamela will dominate the headlines after his hat-trick, but Ben Davies and Tom Carroll deserve a mention as well.

    Davies served as the architect of Tottenham's first goal, winning possession on the right before crossing to the unmarked Lamela, who swept in from close range. It was a good finish, but Davies did all the prep work—from claiming the ball to setting up the chance.

    For his part, Carroll scored the goal of the night. In the 77th minute, with Tottenham leading 3-1, Carroll picked up possession near the edge of the box, drove to the byline and danced past Elderson Echiejile with superb skill. Keeping his composure, Carroll then slotted coolly past Danijel Subasic from a tight angle.

    Both contributions were outstanding, and both contributed to Tottenham's victory.

Loser: Monaco

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    This loss sent Monaco out of the Europa League group stage with barely a whimper. The Ligue 1 side simply couldn't handle Tottenham's high press on the night, and they weren't nearly good enough over six group matches to advance to the knockout phase.

    Just last season, Leonardo Jardim's men advanced to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, beating Arsenal in the round of 16. This time, north London wasn't nearly as happy a hunting ground.

    According to Opta Jean, Monaco haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven European away games. On this evidence, it's easy to see why. Tottenham sliced their visitors to shreds throughout the first half and probably could have had more than just the four goals. 

Winner: Tottenham's Depth

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    Joshua Onomah made his first-ever start for Tottenham on Thursday as manager Mauricio Pochettino gave some younger players a chance. He wasn't the only non-regular to see some playing time.

    Kevin Wimmer started in central defense and fared well alongside Toby Alderweireld. Clinton N'Jie turned in a good attacking shift, while Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli came on as substitutes as they continue to recover from injury.

    At, Andy Brassell noted:

    Rousing stuff from Tottenham, who only needed a point to make absolutely sure of winning the group but instead took the opportunity to document their UEFA Europa League credentials in full. That Mauricio Pochettino's side started without Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen to name but three and still comprehensively beat last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists speaks volumes for their quality throughout the squad.

    Brassell is right to highlight Tottenham's Europa League credentials. Having advanced to the knockout phase fairly comfortably, the Premier League side will expect to make a deep run in this competition.

    As Group J winners, Spurs will be seeded in the draw for the round of 32. And after showing off their depth Thursday night, they'll be a team most will want to avoid.