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Monaco v Tottenham Hotspur: Match preview

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Claudio Ranieri's new-look Monaco face their toughest challenge yet when they host Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, in the final friendly before their league campaign commences at Bordeaux. 

The French club have enjoyed a spending spree this summer, whilst Spurs could be on the receiving end of a big money transfer once the Gareth Bale transfer saga is concluded. 

At present, it seems as though the Welsh winger could travel to the principality for Saturday's game as he continues his recovery from injury. However, a lot will be made of his absence if he doesn't travel with the rest of the squad. 

It will also be interesting to see if Roberto Soldado is able to play some part in the match on Saturday, following his transfer from Valencia. The Spanish striker will alternatively have the chance to make his debut against Espanyol next weekend, prior to the start of the Premier League campaign.

Meanwhile Monaco will once again have the opportunity for all of their new faces to have more game time together. Radamel Falcao scored when the side played English opponents - during their visit to Leicester - and he'll look to continue his goalscoring form against Premier League opposition.

Monaco's league season starts on August 10 when they face a tough trip to Bordeaux that will give a fair indication of how much the club has improved since their Ligue 2 title-winning 2012/13 season. 

A good result and solid performance over Tottenham would be a confidence boost that will stand the team in good stead before the French league gets underway. 

This pre-season has seen some massive friendlies involving the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Who knows, if Bale remains in North London, then these two teams could soon both find themselves amongst Europe's elite clubs in the next few years.

 

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