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Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham – EFL Cup Final – Player Ratings

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Manchester City lifted the Carabao Cup for the fourth year in a row as a late Aymeric Laporte goal secured the crown for the Citizens.

Manchester City have won the 2021 Carabao Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

In a pilot event for the return of fans, there were 8,000 spectators present to watch Pep Guardiola’s City take on Ryan Mason’s Tottenham. The game was decided by an 82nd-minute header from Aymeric Laporte.

City have now won four consecutive Carabao Cups and lifted the trophy in five of the last six seasons.

The Citizens dominated the first half, constantly testing the Tottenham goal without finding a breakthrough. Raheem Sterling had the half’s best chance, but his effort was well blocked by Eric Dier.

The second half was a more cagey affair, with Riyad Mahrez providing a moment of quality as he beat several Tottenham defenders and saw his curling shot beaten away by Hugo Lloris.

City finally took the lead in the 82nd minute, as Laporte headed home from a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick.

Spurs’ wait for silverware goes on, as they continue to hope for any form of a title since 2008. It is also the second final in succession that Spurs have lost, having lost the Champions League final to Liverpool in 2019.

Elsewhere, City have collected the first trophy in a potential treble-winning season as they also chase Premier League and Champions League glory.

On the grand scheme of things, another missed chance to claim silverware could push the star forward closer to an exit from the club.

Player ratings

Manchester City: Steffen (6), Cancelo (7), Laporte (5), Dias (7), Walker (6), De Bruyne (7), Fernandinho (6), Gundogan (6), Sterling (6), Foden (7), Mahrez (8)

Tottenham: Lloris (8), Alderweireld (6), Aurier (7), Dier (6), Reguilon (6), Winks (6), Hojbjerg (6), Lo Celso (5), Lucas (6), Kane (7), Son (6)

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