By Harvey Byrne
Glenn Hoddle has identified Tottenham’s midfield as being key if they are to get a result against Monaco on Tuesday evening.
The north London club will travel to the south of France where they will face the Ligue 1 outfit in the fifth match of their Champions League campaign.
It is a must win match for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they sit in third place in their group and two points behind second placed Bayer Leverkusen, who face bottom of the group CSKA Moscow.
Now former Spurs player and manager Hoddle believes that Tottenham can get a result if the midfield can feed star forward Harry Kane swiftly during the match.
“It’s vital Spurs win this match against Monaco,” started Hoddle when analysing the fixture for betting company UniBet.
“For me, Kane is likely to start on his own in attack, but the key area of the pitch has to be in the middle third.
“When Spurs win the ball in this area, the midfielders have to play their first or second ball forwards.
“Kane is good at holding up the ball but then he needs support.”
Tottenham will be keen to progress through the group stages of the Champions League and avoid dropping down to the Europa League.
However, they will face a stern test from Monaco, who have won two and drew two of their six fixtures in the competition.
Additionally, Spurs are facing a small injury crisis and Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies and Erik Lamela will all miss the clash, while Kane, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele will face late fitness tests.
In other Tottenham news, this 24-year-old club star should be omitted from the Monaco clash.