Ryan Mason admits Tottenham ‘four or five years off’ of Man City after Carabao Cup loss
Speaking after his team’s 1-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup finals on Sunday (h/t Evening Standard), Tottenham manager Ryan Mason has admitted that his side is four or five years off of winners Manchester City.
Mason took charge of the Spurs’ first-team on Monday last week following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. It was a huge call, given that we were just a week away from the biggest game of our season. And when the team pulled off a comeback win against Southampton in the 29-year-old’s first-game as manager, there were hopes sparked.
However, those were short-lived as Manchester City played us out of the park and if not for Hugo Lloris in goal the scoreline would have read much worse than 1-0. And, speaking after the game, Mason admitted that Tottenham are well off of the level of Manchester City but was confident that the team is headed in the right direction.
“I think City are probably four or five years ahead of us. In terms of they have had a manager for such a long time and they have worked a certain way for such a long time. Going forward, my idea and I am sure everyone’s idea at Tottenham, is to be brave and try to dominate games like they do. It is a process. It takes time.
“The fact that the players believed in the way we wanted to approach the game, that says a lot and tells me they want to work this way. Obviously going forward more confidence on the ball, more arrogance, but we have only worked this way for the best part of a week.”
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It was a disappointing outcome but the task was always going to be monumental given the form that City have been in. There’s still the top four left to play for. Hopefully, we can end the season strongly.