Jardim explains mental approach

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim reveals his side used their win over Arsenal in the Champions League in 2015 as motivation ahead of their clash with Tottenham on Wednesday night.

The Red and Whites, who overcame the Gunners in their Round of 16 tie 18 months ago, put on a dominant display at Wembley Stadium where goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar secured a 2-1 result, with Toby Alderweireld on the mark for Spurs.

Speaking after the match, a delighted Jardim explained: "We were determined to stop Tottenham in their transitions. They are strong in that aspect, and we did a good job. Our mental approach was to remind ourselves of how we beat Arsenal, in just as big a stadium."

Radamel Falcao made a rare start for the Ligue 1 side, and despite not getting on the scoresheet, Jardim was impressed with his contribution to the team.

He added: "One cannot always judge a striker on the goals he should have scored. I think Radamel (Falcao) had a super match. He worked hard defensively and his movement was good."

Jardim further explained that he didn't change his side's tactics in the second half despite Alderweireld reducing the deficit with his first-half stoppage time goal.

"We did not change our approach in the second period, but psychologically it is always difficult when you concede a goal before the break. I told the players that we would have taken a one-goal lead at the interval right away."

The Monaco boss also acknowledged the size of the Wembley pitch affected the Spurs performance.

He concluded: "Tactically the fact we were playing on a very big pitch posed Tottenham problems because they like to apply pressure and that is much harder on a big pitch."

Monaco top Group E after this first round of games, with CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen playing out a 2-2 draw.

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