Aymeric Laporte scored the winner as Man City beat Tottenham to win the Carabao Cup for the fourth consecutive time. They beat Tottenham by a solitary goal at Wembley in front of 8000 fans. Manchester City dominated the game right from the get-go. They finished the match with an Expected Goals of 3.63 while Tottenham Hotspurs could barely manage an Expected Goals of 0.06.
This was City’s eighth Carabao Cup win taking them to level with Liverpool. They also became only the second team since Liverpool to win the Carabao Cup four times on the trot. The Man City win over Tottenham secured the first leg of the treble that Pep Guardiola and his men are chasing this season. They take on Paris Saint Germain in the semi-final on Wednesday.
MANCHESTER CITY –
Zack Steffen – 7, Kyle Walker – 7, Ruben Dias – 7, Aymeric Laporte – 7, Joao Cancelo – 8, Fernandinho – 7, Ilkay Gundogan – 7, Kevin De Bruyne – 7, Riyad Mahrez – 8, Phil Foden – 8, Raheem Sterling – 7
Hugo Lloris – 7, Serge Aurier – 6, Toby Alderweireld – 8, Sergio Reguilon – 4, Eric Dier – 7, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6, Harry Winks – 5, Giovani Lo Celso – 5, Lucas Moura – 6, Heung-Min Son – 4, Harry Kane – 5
Manager’s Reaction :
“It’s much better, much better [with fans]. We play to score, that’s what’s important. Today we’re incredible. Happy to win the first title, In the past 33 games we won 30, that’s incredible. We play with an incredible personality, from the fit minute, to try to win the game. In general, we play a really good final.” Guardiola said. “We don’t have time to work [on set-pieces]. With this schedule, we don’t have time to do anything. Just the principles, it’s our fifth season together so we know what to do. Just to recover, try to be a unit. It’s tough, but the schedule is this way.”
“I thought we were 100 percent committed. They are a very good side.” Mason said. I thought we rode our luck at times, disappointed to concede from a set-piece, but the guys gave absolutely everything. They believed, they left everything on the pitch. Very disappointed with the result, obviously, but can’t fault the effort.”