Late Manchester City goal ends silverware dreams for Tottenham Hotspur in Carabao Cup final
Spurs came into this game knowing that a win would mean the club’s first trophy since 2008. With Jose Mourinho sacked, Tottenham were led by interim manager Ryan Mason.
The Lilywhites never looked like scoring and were always the second-best team throughout the game. But somehow, the score stayed 0-0 until the 82nd minute.
However, it was not to last. Aymeric Laporte rose highest to head in the game’s only goal just 8 minutes before regular time after a peach of a cross from Kevin De Bruyne bamboozled Tottenham’s defence. The reaction to the goal from Spurs players said it all.
Their heads dropped and shoulders were slouched. A comeback looked unlikely and even the fans could feel that the goal from the French defender had sealed their fate.
Harry Kane was a doubt for the game but started and played the full 90 minutes. Mason brought on all the goal-threat present on the bench but it was not enough.
Heartbreak at Wembley
And luck was also not on Spurs’ side it seemed. John Stones’ red card against Aston Villa in the Premier League last week prevented the Englishman from starting this game.
The to-be goal-scorer Laporte came in his place. The hunt for a trophy this season is officially over, with Spurs not in any cup competitions now and acres behind in the Premier League title race.
The only aim that remains seems to be a race for a top 4 finish. Tottenham are 5 points away from 4th-placed Chelsea and would be hoping that they can scale the difference in the remaining 5 games.
But the loss against City on Sunday will stay with the fans for a while, and could possibly also affect the players and manager psychologically going forward this season.
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The fans took to Twitter to share their despair. Here are some of the reactions from that forgettable final, including their anger directed at Laporte not being booked for 1 of his two tactical fouls.
Shouldn’t even be on the pitch
— Harrison Greenfield (@greenie9261) April 25, 2021
The most spurs thing in the world is Laporte scoring when he shouldn’t be on the pitch after an Aurier foul
— David Taylor (@dpt1983) April 25, 2021
Should’ve been sent off typical England refs
— Lewis Clembo (@lclembo29) April 25, 2021
Why put Sissoko in
— Jackie Spurs (@_jackie_6_) April 25, 2021
Idc what anyone says, we played well
— 🃏 (@Bale4Ballondor) April 25, 2021
This was Josè’ final. Just allow him win it for you but no, let’s sack him. pic.twitter.com/ytTvN070Og
— Rudolph👨🏾💻 (@MensahRudolph) April 25, 2021
Ryan mason got it completely wrong
— Jamie (@jxmiecoys) April 25, 2021
Winks playing 90 minutes when we have a 60 million pound French midfielder who can beat a press. Well done Mason 👏
— Simon Gholami (@simongholami27) April 25, 2021