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    Ryan Mason hails ‘true professional’ Harry Kane after Tottenham’s Carabao Cup defeat as he dodges transfer question

    RYAN MASON refused to discuss Harry Kane’s Tottenham future after their Carabao Cup final defeat.Spurs fans fear another season without a trophy will increase the chances of striker Kane quitting the club in the summer.
    Harry Kane’s future has been the subject of much speculationCredit: Reuters
    Ryan Mason brushed over talk of a Kane exit after the Carabao Cup defeatCredit: AP
    But when asked what the future holds for his England captain, interim boss Mason simply replied: “He’s got training this week and will be preparing for a very important match this weekend.
    “Harry’s a true professional and that’s about it.”
    Mason also insisted Kane was fit to start, despite a lacklustre display on his return from an ankle injury.
    He said: “He’s fit. There were no problems with him whatsoever. He took a couple of hits in the game but his ankle is fine.”
    Now Mason — placed in charge of Tottenham for the rest of the season — has called on his stars to make up for their Wembley heartache by snatching a European spot.
    Spurs face Sheffield United at home on Sunday and Mason said: “Leading up to the final, all of our focus was on this.
    “My players gave their all and I cannot fault their commitment.
    “But we’ve lost and it’s hard to take but now we have to overcome it, accept it and move on.
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    “Sunday’s match is massive now. We could still qualify for Europe.”
    Wth five games to go, Tottenham sit seventh but Everton, a point behind, have a game in hand.
    Third-placed Leicester are only six points ahead in the hugely-congested race for Europe, and the Foxes welcome Spurs to the King Power on the final day of the season.
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    Pep Guardiola celebrates ‘amazing’ milestone as he becomes first boss to win FOUR Carabao Cups in a row

    PEP GUARDIOLA felt “amazing” as he became the first manager to win FOUR successive League Cups.Sunday’s Carabao Cup final victory over Tottenham — thanks to Aymeric Laporte’s late header —  was Guardiola’s 25th major trophy of his managerial career.
    Pep Guardiola hailed Man City’s ‘amazing’ fourth consecutive Carabao Cup winCredit: AFP
    Pep became the first boss to win four in a row with a 1-0 win against SpursCredit: AFP
    It was also City’s record-equalling eighth triumph in the competition and their fourth in a row to match Liverpool’s feat of 81-84.
    Guardiola, whose side can seal the club’s seventh title next Sunday, said: “To win this cup four times in a row is amazing in this period in lockdown with everyone suffering.
    “It was more than well deserved and it was good for us to share it with our people.
    “There was some good noise inside the stadium and we did it for them.
    “We went out to play at an incredible level, with incredible quality.”
    Laporte may have got the winner but it was Riyad Mahrez who took the official player of the match award.
    City are also just three games away from a possible first Champions League triumph.
    Asked about his trophy haul, the Spaniard added: “It is good. I was at big clubs Barcelona, Bayern and here, so that is why it was easy to do it.”
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    It was a good day all round for City after  United’s failure to beat Leeds earlier in the afternoon put them within two wins of reclaiming the Premier League crown.
    City face a European semi-final double header against Paris Saint- Germain with a trip to Crystal Palace in the  middle on Saturday.
    If City win at Selhurst Park and United lose to out-going champions  Liverpool on Sunday then Guardiola will claim a third title in four years.
    But Guardiola insisted he never had any thoughts of going easy in order to prioritise the other two competitions.
    He said: “We cannot deny one eye is always on the Champions League — but we take every game seriously, otherwise it is impossible to win four Carabao Cups in a row.
    “We won the first one, we are close to a second one and we go to Paris for another one.
    “After that, we are two games away from winning the most important title, the Premier League.”
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    Tottenham vs Man City – Carabao Cup final LIVE: Result and reaction as Guardiola’s City win for FOURTH time in a row

    MANCHESTER CITY have won the League Cup for FOUR years in a row after beating Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley.Aymeric Laporte headed in the only goal of the game deep into the second half, but should he still have been on the pitch? Follow all of the latest below…

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    THAT’S ALL FROM WEMBLEY
    A joint-record eighth League Cup for Manchester City, a fourth in a row, and potentially the first of three trophies for the club this season.
    There won’t be too much time for celebration, however, before preparations for Paris Saint-Germain and the Champions League begin.
    For Tottenham, the wait for silverware goes on. Will the next man in charge be the one to bring a winning mentality back to north London?
    We’ll leave you with Dave Kidd’s match report from Wembley so you can relive Laporte’s late winner and City’s success.
    Goodnight.

    RYAN’S REACTION
    Spurs interim boss Ryan Mason has also spoken about his pride at the effort put in by his players this afternoon, also insisting that Aymeric Laporte’s fouls in the first half are not the talking point.
    [Manchester City] are a great side, an incredible team, but I think our group of players gave everything with what they have had to deal with in the last seven days. That is something to be proud of. I am very disappointed with the result, but I cannot fault the lads’ effort and commitment today.Ryan MasonSky Sports
    DEPARTING DUO?
    We know Sergio Aguero is definitely heading for pastures new in the summer, but could captain Fernandinho also be on his way out of the Etihad?
    The Brazilian, who turns 36 next month and is out of contract in June, has just posed for photographs with his long-term teammate.
    Most EFL Cup trophies:8 – Man City, Liverpool76 – 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐨 𝐀𝐠𝐮̈𝐞𝐫𝐨, 𝐅𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐡𝐨5 – Aston Villa, Chelsea, Man Utd4 – Nottingham Forest, Spurs3 – Leicester City2 – Arsenal, Birmingham, Norwich, WolvesAn iconic duo. https://t.co/tQWbXfK18I— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 25, 2021

    PROUD PEP
    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola spoke with pride about his players at full time, praising not just their performance at Wembley today, but the way they’ve gone about their game in these past few months during lockdown.
    Today we are incredibly happy to win four in a row in this competition, but in the last 33 games, we’ve won 30 and this is amazing. Like everyone in lockdown, we’re suffering in this different life, but we played with incredible personality to try to win the game from the first minute.Pep GuardiolaSky Sports
    🗣 “In the last 33 games we’ve won 30. This is amazing.”🗣 “It’s much better to win in front of fans.”Pep Guardiola speaks to Sky Sports after Manchester City won their fourth Carabao Cup in a row. pic.twitter.com/D5fejlR9jJ— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 25, 2021

    THE MATCH WINNER
    Premier League clubs and players will take part in a social media blackout next weekend in the continued fight against racism, but Aymeric Laporte has wasted no time in taking to Twitter this evening to celebrate City’s cup success.

    KANE UNDER A CLOUD
    So much of the build-up to this final was centred around Harry Kane’s availability.
    Whether fully fit or not, the Tottenham striker got the nod for selection but failed to either register a shot or create a chance for the first time in two and a half years.
    0 – Harry Kane didn’t attempt a shot or create a single chance for Spurs in today’s League Cup final, the first time he’s done neither while playing more than 45 minutes in a game since September 2018, versus Inter Milan in the Champions League. Spotlight. #CarabaoCupFinal pic.twitter.com/3EPVKrK1cA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 25, 2021

    SON’S CRYING
    Nice one.
    It’s unfortunate that one of the nicest guys in the Premier League is going to start a new series of memes, but when it’s going against you…

    CITY CELEBRATE
    Fernandinho lifts the Carabao Cup Final for a record sixth time, and the fourth year in a row.

    FANTASTIC PHIL FODEN
    Maybe the City youngster should play in a European Super League all of his own.
    Phil Foden has now won as many major honours as Leeds United— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) April 25, 2021

    Phil Foden’s Man City career by numbers so far:◎ 118 games◎ 63 starts◎ 29 goals◎ 21 assists◉ 4x League Cup◉ 2x Community Shield◉ 2x Premier League◉ 1x FA CupHe turns 21 years old next month. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/RbBeOkefZF— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 25, 2021

    LUCKY LAPORTE?
    Aymeric Laporte may not have even played today had it not been for John Stones’ suspension, but he’s the man making headlines tonight after heading the winning goal in the Carabao Cup Final.
    However, the Frenchman could consider himself fortunate having avoided a booking early on for a foul on Lucas Moura before picking up a yellow later for a foul on the same player.
    🗣 “Yeah the second half I was thinking a lot about that.”Aymeric Laporte speaks to Sky Sports after scoring the winner, despite calls he should’ve been sent off for two yellow card offences.Watch the reaction on Sky Sports Football 📺 pic.twitter.com/8c9UJ1vBE1— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 25, 2021

    STAT’S ALL FOLKS
    The big numbers from the big final…

    FT: MAN CITY 1-0 SPURS
    Eight is the number! Manchester City win the League Cup for a joint-record eighth time thanks to Aymeric Laporte’s goal eight minutes from time. Spurs will have their complaints that the matchwinner should not have even been on the pitch after twice fouling Lucas Moura in the first half, but the victory is no more than City deserved. Pep Guardiola’s team were dominant from the off, creative on the ball and lacked only a killer instinct in the final third.
    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!MANCHESTER CITY WIN THE CARABAO CUP!
    MAN CITY 1-0 SPURS
    90+2. Blue Moon rings around Wembley. Who knew 2,000 people could make such a noise? How we’ve missed football fans at games.

    MAN CITY 1-0 SPURS
    90+1. Brilliant footwork from Foden takes him past one, past two and into the area. His shot is blocked by Alderweireld.
    MAN CITY 1-0 SPURS
    90. Three minutes stand between Manchester City and their fourth League Cup success in a row.
    MAN CITY 1-0 SPURS
    89. Ryan Mason goes for broke by throwing on Steven Bergwijn in place of defender Serge Aurier.
    MAN CITY 1-0 SPURS
    88. Laporte is up an on the end of another set-piece, but this time he’s off target with the header.
    MAN CITY 1-0 SPURS
    86. It’s another change for City. De Bruyne departs to huge cheers from their 2,000 supporters, and is replaced by Bernardo Silva.
    MAN CITY 1-0 SPURS
    84. Despite the goal, Pep Guardiola goes ahead and makes his intended change with Fernandinho replaced by Rodrigo.
    MAN CITY 1-0 SPURS
    82. With eight minutes remaining, City have finally got their goal!
    Debate will rage, not over the goal itself, but whether the scorer should even be on the pitch.
    Aymeric Laporte is the man mobbed after heading in Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick at the far post, but his two earlier fouls on Lucas Moura – for which he was only cautioned once – are even harder for Spurs fans to swallow now.
    The Frenchman got up above compatriot Moussa Sissoko to glance his effort into the corner despite the desperate attempt of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on the line.

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!!AYMERIC LAPORTE BREAKS THE DEADLOCK!!

    MAN CITY 0-0 SPURS
    80. There may only be a couple of thousand of them, but the Spurs fans get behind their team for the final barrage.
    Sterling wins a free-kick by the corner flag in front of them.
    MAN CITY 0-0 SPURS
    78. Pep Guardiola looks to be readying a change. He’s certainly got a strong bench to choose from.
    MAN CITY 0-0 SPURS
    76. Reguillon gets in behind Walker, only for the City defender – fairly or unfairly – to win the ball back.
    There’s no free-kick awarded but the Tottenham left-back looks in some discomfort, and it’s Walker himself that eventually puts the ball of play so his opponent can receive treatment.
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    Harry Kane’s future left in limbo as Tottenham fail to prove England superstar can win trophies with them

    AS Harry Kane watched Manchester City pick up another trophy you could not help but wonder what was going through his mind.This was the latest attempt for Tottenham to show their highly sought-after star striker he does not have to leave his beloved club to win medals and titles.
    Harry Kane and Tottenham suffered Carabao Cup heartbreak against Man CityCredit: Reuters
    But it did not quite work out like that as Spurs looked as far off the pace as ever.
    And as Kane was reduced to going to ground in a bid to win free kicks and get his team-mates further forward, you fear his chances of his long-term future remaining in N17 were also taking a dive.
    Chairman Daniel Levy should thank his lucky stars we are still in a global pandemic – and that a new manager is coming over the horizon.
    Both are likely to mean Kane will still be at White Hart Lane next season. But after that?
    Turning 28 in July, time is running out for him. There is no doubt he needs to be playing at a club at least competing in finals – which Tottenham did not do against City.
    Jose Mourinho may have gone but his Spurs legacy was there for all to see.
    Sacked as manager last Monday, the Special One would have undoubtedly tried to take the credit had Spurs won.
    So it is only right that he shoulders some of the blame for their defeat, certainly the manner of it.
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    His interim replacement Ryan Mason, handed the reins until the end of the season, had vowed to get his team back to playing in the way of the best traditions of the club he had supported and played since he was a lad.
    But we saw that might be easier said than done as Spurs hardly laid a glove on Manchester City in what was a very negative Mourinho-esque display.
    Nobody was expecting the North Londoners to go all-out on the attack.
    But their inability and, at times, sheer unwillingness to get men forward made it far too comfortable for Pep Guardiola’s men for far too long.
    When the first thoughts of wonderful attacking delights like Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Kane is too retreat and play backwards, as it was in the first half, you fear Mourinho’s defensive indoctrination of Tottenham might not be so easy to erase.
    Spurs were lucky City were so wasteful in front of goal. And while Mourinho would have been proud of the way his old club defended, you wonder if he could have inspired these same players to such a dogged, determined and resilient display.
    The unity and team spirit reckoned to have been ripped apart during the final weeks of the Portuguese’s reign were there in abundance under the Arch.
    Spurs failed to prove to Harry Kane that they can win trophiesCredit: Getty
    Spurs stars were certainly playing for their rookie gaffer, albeit negatively, as Toby Alderweireld’s incredible last-ditch block to deny Phil Foden a first half goal epitomised.
    It is a shame they did not show the bravery on the pitch as he did in his team selection.
    Mason, at 29 the Premier League’s youngest ever manager, proved he is not afraid of making big calls as he dropped Gareth Bale and Tanguy Ndombele to the bench after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Southampton.
    Kane also started after missing that victory with an ankle injury as Mason followed the adage used by Mourinho and his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino that if the England captain is able to walk then he plays.
    In fairness it was impossible to tell if Kane was 100 per cent fit or not as he was hardly given a touch.
    City’s late winner would have been a dagger in his heart.
    Tottenham fans everywhere will be hoping there is no serious long-term damage.
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    Raheem Sterling looked his old self ahead of Man City’s PSG test but desperately needs a goal

    PERHAPS a few ‘home’ comforts were just what Raheem Sterling needed to get him going again.  Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola described the England ace as ‘extraordinary’ in the build up to this game.
    Raheem Sterling headed into the Carabao Cup final struggling for formCredit: Getty
    Yet his recent performances have been anything but – hence he had started just three of the last 10 matches before this.
    He has always loved playing round here though – ever since he used to ride his bike around on the streets outside as a lad growing up in nearby Neasden.
    And Guardiola clearly hoped it might inspire him with a huge couple of weeks coming up for his team.
    The Etihad boss said on Friday: “Raheem is an extraordinary player – he was, is and will be.
    “The reason why he has not played as regularly as in previous seasons is because Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez are in top top form. That is the only reason.
    “But opportunities are going to come and he has to be ready to show his quality, freshness in his mind and to play with the incredible strength he has.”
    So here it was – his big opportunity to show he is worth a place when City face Paris Saint Germain in a Champions League semi final on Wednesday.
    Fans were back in at Wembley including hundreds who had got the tickets given out to local residents.
    Raheem Sterling showed glimpses of his brilliant best at times at WembleyCredit: Getty
    Manchester City picked up their fourth consecutive EFL trophyCredit: Getty
    For the local born star, the stage looked to be set for him to rediscover his Mojo and start to shine again.
    The lull in his season has been going on for several weeks now.
    Sterling was below par in the Manchester derby defeat to United in early March – although to be fair he wasn’t the only one.
    He was an unused sub in the win over Southampton three days later but did not make the squad at all for that weekend’s win at Fulham.
    All that came again rumours he had fallen out with Guardiola – a story strongly denied by both men.
    Yet the feeling persists that something went on – and his lack of action and disappointing form subsequently only added to the theories.
    It has all come at a delicate time too with the former Liverpool man hoping to re-start contract talks in the summer – but also splitting from his agent recently.
    With City’s interest in Jack Grealish widely known but finances hit hard by Covid, there has even been talk he could be the fall guy in the summer.
    Raheem Sterling will feel like he just needs a goalCredit: AFP
    But here was a chance for Sterling to put it all behind him and show Gareth Southgate he is still a key man for the Euros.
    To be fair, he was much brighter and more like his old self than he had been here eight days earlier.
    He played 90 minutes against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final but looked short of form and confidence as his team crashed out.
    Sterling looked up for it here – but all that was missing was the goal which would surely get him firing again.
    His last one for City came not far from here – at Arsenal – way back on February 21.
    On Sunday he did everything but score as he clipped a shot over Hugo Lloris but it just drifted wide of the far post.
    Then he came within inches of getting on the end of a delicious pass from Kevin de Bruyne – just missing his out-stretched boot.

    Early in the second half, he got in down the left but over-ran the ball and allowed Lloris to come out and smother.
    Even so, he won the free-kick which eventually led to Aymeric Laporte’s header – so he more than played his part – picking up an eighth medal of his City career.
    How much of a role he plays in the push for two more before the season is out is upto Guardiola.
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    Tottenham star Son Heung-min left in tears on field as Man City win Carabao Cup final with late Laporte goal

    TEARFUL Son Heung-min slumped to his knees and beat the Wembley turf in despair after Tottenham’s late misery in the Carling Cup final.Aymeric Laporte headed an 82nd-minute winner in front of 8,000 fans to give Manchester City the first part of a possible Treble.
    Son Heung-min was devastated as Man City earned late Carabao Cup gloryCredit: Getty
    Sub Gareth Bale consoles tearful Spurs team-mate Son Heung-min after defeatCredit: Getty
    Spurs team-mates like Gareth Bale went over to console Son at the end.
    And City defender Kyle Walker was among the other players to help out the South Korean superstar – eventually guiding Son off the field with his arms around him.
    There was, though, no doubt who the daddy was during the earlier action as Son and Co were dominated by Pep Guardiola’s runaway Premier League leaders.
    City lost 1-0 to Chelsea in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals at the same venue when supporters returned for the first-time.
    And the pain of that defeat meant victory for City this Sunday was as sweet for them as it was bitter for Son.
    Matchwinner Laporte told Sky Sports: “It’s very special for us after we lost in the FA Cup.
    ” [We needed] to get confidence and keep going.
    Treble-seekers Man City celebrate their deserved Carabao Cup final triumphCredit: Getty
    In contrast to Son’s anguish, Aymeric Laporte sparked wild joy for Man CityCredit: The Sun
    “In the last two months we have been so good. We have to keep this rhythm, to win more titles.
    “We are so happy to see our supporters back.
    “I wish there could have been more, but we are so happy to have their support.”
    Etihad chief Guardiola said: “It’s not full [in the stadium] but it was a great noise [from the supporters].
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    “Today we are incredibly happy that we have four in a row in this competition.
    “We tried to win the game, created a lot of chances.
    “They had some chances on the counter but in general we had a good game.”
    Tottenham attacker Son seemed the worst affected of the beaten playersCredit: Getty
    Man City’s England star Kyle Walker leads Son off, a nice touch to finish with on an afternoon when fans returned to the Carabao Cup for its showpieceCredit: Getty
    Harry Kane beat off injury but not the class of Man City as the England skipper saw Tottenham lose 1-0 and rarely threaten an upsetCredit: The Sun
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    Tottenham 0 Man City 1: Late Laporte goal gifts Guardiola and Co record FOURTH Carabao Cup title in a row

    AS a semblance of normality returned, they belted out their great social-distancing anthem: “Blue moon, you saw me standing alone.”There were only 2,000 Manchester City fans inside Wembley but their great Mancunian din was music to the ears of Pep Guardiola’s.
    Man City won a record fourth consecutive Carabao Cup title after beating Spurs 1-0Credit: Reuters
    City left it late but ultimately lifted the Carabao Cup trophy aloft for a fourth straight yearCredit: Reuters
    Aymeric Laporte scored a late winner for Man City in front of thousands of fansCredit: Andy Hooper/The daily Mail
    Aymeric Laporte charged off in celebration after nodding in the late winnerCredit: PA
    And what could be normal than City winning a trophy – their fourth straight League Cup and their seventh of the last ten trophies dished out in English domestic football.
    As soon as next Sunday, City can be crowned Premier League champions that figure could read eight out of 11.
    It was just a shame Etihad owners should have left an acrid stench over this final, by panicking and joining the failed Super League scheme.
    The fall-out from that shabby affair marred a day which should have been a joyful celebration.
    Still, City were worthy winners and after so much free-flowing football the only surprise was that they won it from a set-piece – Aymeric Laporte heading home at the back stick from a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick ten minutes from time.
    So Harry Kane must wait for the first trophy of his career. Wait or leave Spurs, who are without silverware for a 13th straight season now.
    Sacking Jose Mourinho made little difference as Spurs were cautious and dominated for the vast majority of this contest.
    Spurs failing to turn up on a big occasion was another sign of normality as were the presence of rival fans at an English match for the first time in more than a year and severe delays on the London Underground.
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    Man City celebrated wildly at Wembley after Laporte’s late winnerCredit: Getty
    Tottenham and Man City played out the 2021 Carabao Cup final in front of 8,000 fansCredit: The Sun
    Sergio Aguero didn’t make it off the bench but got his hands on yet another City trophyCredit: Reuters

    Yet travelling down Wembley Way, you would never have known that these two clubs had just been on the losing side of a civil war, as there were no organised protests.
    Inside, there were a couple of dissenting City banners and some Spurs fans called for the head of chairman Daniel Levy.
    But he has survived the sewage storm relatively unscathed, compared to the American owners of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
    Levy had axed Mourinho six days before this final, in only his second most newsworthy act of last week.
    Still, Kane had passed himself fit – and he does tend to self-diagnose in these situations – while Gareth Bale was benched despite scoring on Mason’s maiden outing against Southampton.
    But the most obvious sign that Mourinho had gone was the inclusion of Harry Winks, who’d been blackballed from major fixtures for some time.
    Guardiola went with Kevin De Bruyne a ‘false nine’ – his plan A for the biggest matches of late.
    And City hogged the ball, forcing several Tottenham errors.
    Raheem Sterling, subdued of late, seemed re-charged by the crackle of a crowd, kippering Serge Aurier and cutting back for Foden to shoot wide, then heading wide himself from a Riyad Mahrez cross.
    Wembley welcomed 8,000 fans to the stadium for Sunday’s Carabao Cup finalCredit: Reuters
    There were 8,000 fans inside Wembley – the most at any outdoor UK event since March 2020 – including 2,000 Spurs and Man City supporters apieceCredit: EPA
    Ryan Mason was taking charge of a cup final in only his second game as a managerCredit: AFP
    Soon, a De Bruyne cross was cut out by Alderweireld, who then denied Foden with a sliding tackle just as the youngster pulled the trigger.
    Mourinho had fallen out with Alderweireld in his final weeks, which was none too clever of the Portuguese.
    Then Fernandinho slipped in a pass for Sterling, who lifted his shot over Jugo Lloris but wide of the far post.
    After that, a cute diagonal from Joao Cancelo picked out Mahrez, who cut inside and shot narrowly past the back stick – the Algerian then curling one over from long range.
    Lloris turned a Cancelo shot round the post in first-half injury-time and we reached half-time without Spurs having really joined in – although both City centre-backs, Ruben Dias and Laporte, had been booked for halting attempted breaks.
    But straight after the restart City keeper Zack Steffen was forced into an excellent sprawling stop to foil a curling Giovani Lo Celso effort.
    There was plenty more intent from Spurs now – Kane, anonymous in the first half, was dropping back and influencing things.
    Gundogan was twice off target for City with a header on the stretch and a volley, then Mahrez went on a darting run and had a thumping shot pushed wide by Lloris.
    Mason had sent on Bale and Moussa Sissoko midway through the half but as City’s legs and minds began to tire, Guardiola was reluctant to change.
    Yet his patience paid off when Sterling won a free-kick from Serge Aurier and De Bruyne delivered it for Laporte to head home with a cute angled header.
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    Does EFL Carabao Cup final have extra-time or go straight to penalties after 90 minutes if draw?

    THE Carabao Cup final is here!Tottenham are facing Man City as Pep Guardiola aims to make it four league cup triumphs on the bounce, but what happens if games are all square after 90 minutes?
    Man City have won the last THREE League Cups in a rowCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Do EFL Cup ties go to extra time or straight to penalties?
    There will be extra-time and then penalties if the score is level in today’s final.
    From the semi-final stage, 30 minutes of extra-time is played before a penalty shootout if the match stays level.
    Replays have been scrapped for the entire tournament – and the FA Cup has even followed suit. 

    When is the EFL Cup final?
    The EFL Cup final was  moved from February 28 to Sunday April 25, 2021.
    This decision has been made in a bid to have as many fans as possible attend the Wembley showdown which will kick off at 4pm.
    8,000 fans are in attendance at Wembley watching on.
    In a statement, the EFL said: “This season’s Carabao Cup final has been rescheduled and will now take place on Sunday 25 April 2021, with a 4pm kick-off.
    “It is the objective of the League to stage the final with as many supporters in attendance as possible.
    “And the decision has therefore been taken to move the final from its original date of Sunday February 28, 2021 to later in the year.

    “The number of fans permitted will be dependent on Government guidance in place at the time.
    “And it is hoped that moving the date to later in the year will give clubs and their fans the best opportunity to attend in person.” More