Carabao Cup: Manchester City beat Tottenham to land their first title

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Manchester City have landed their first title this season. They beat Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the Carabao Cup in front of 8,000 spectators on Sunday to win the cup for the fourth time in a row.

The battle for the Carabao Cup which took place at the Wembley Stadium ended as expected but the stunning aspect of the game was that Manchester City had to wait until the 82nd minute to score the only goal of the match.

Besides the goal which was scored by French center-back Aymeric Laporte via a header, Manchester City had 21 shots, 4 of which were on target. While Tottenham Hotspur coached by a 29-year-old Ryan Mason had just 2 shots, 1 of which was on target.

At the end of the day, Manchester City won the Carabao Cup with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham. This means that the London club will continue to wait for a title after 13 years of not winning any.

Now that Manchester City have won the Carabao Cup, their attention has shifted to the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League as their quest to win treble this season continues.

Carabao Cup: Pep Guardiola described his team’s performance as incredible

Carabao Cup: Pep Guardiola described his team's performance as incredible
Pep Guardiola and his coaching crew after winning the 4th Carabao Cup in a row.

After becoming the fourth football manager to win the Carabao Cup four times in a row, Pep Guardiola says the final between Manchester City and Tottenham was very good.

The Spanish tactician noted that Manchester City are two games away from winning the Premier League title this season and his team is already looking forward to the first leg of the Champions League semi-final match against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday, April 28.

“We play to score, that’s what’s important”, Pep Guardiola says. “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 first minute, to try to win the game. In general, we play a really good final.

“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.

“Now we rest and prepare for the semi-final against PSG. And then after that, we are two games away from winning the most important title – the Premier League.”

8,000 fans had the opportunity of watching the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
8,000 fans had the opportunity of watching the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

While the interim manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Ryan Mason, who replaced Jose Mourinho about a week before the Carabao Cup said he was disappointed that Tottenham conceded the only goal of the match from a set-piece.

“I thought we were 100 percent committed”, he said. “They are a very good side. 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.

“I think City are probably four or five years ahead of us, they’ve had a manager for such a long time, worked a certain way for such a long time. Going forward, my idea, and I’m sure everyone’s idea of Tottenham is to be brave and try and dominate games as they do. It’s a process, it takes time, I think the fact the players tried and believed. It says a lot, it makes me believe they want to work this way.

“But it’s normal, we’ve worked this way for the best part of a week, had two days to prepare for this game, and played against the best team in the country. Yes, we rode our luck at times, but I thought as the game went on they were creating less. It’s difficult to take but I’m proud of the boys.”

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