We would have forgiven you for mistaking the guy at the front of the line leading Tottenham into Wembley Stadium for the League Cup final for an usher at an exclusive party. But nope, that guy is Ryan Mason , 29 years of age leading out his captain Hugo Lloris,34 years of age into the battle field. Wouldn’t it had been something had he won this cup?
To be really honest, he set his team up well and got his tactics spot on. Spurs played on the counter, which the best any team would do against Man City. With fire power that included Bale, Son, Kane and Moura they surprisingly lacked cutting edge up front. Reguillon and Aurier had a match to forget in a hurry. They offered NO WIDTH AT ALL on those wings when attacking and were horrible defending as well. If it were not for heroic defending by Alderweireld who was Spurs’ best player , Dier and Lloris City would have been out of sight by half time.
A worrying aspect from City’s point of view is the bluntness of their attack spearheaded by Raheem Sterling. The England man has suffered a dip in form this season and the goals have dried up for the team in sky blue. It took a header from a defender, Laporte to win it in minute 83. The French defender could not have placed the header any better with Hojbejrg on the line. The free kick leading up to the goal was a cheap one to concede from Aurier. Another League cup in the bag for City, their fourth in a row. We get the feeling the City hierarchy won’t be happy with just this cup and the League title this season. Going forth Pep might become a victim of his own success, his failure to win League Cup next season as well as the Champions League this might be viewed as a failure. Remember Vicente Del Bosque’s sacking after winning the league title for Real Madrid in 2003?