Clinical Manchester City bask in Carabao Cup glory for the fourth consecutive occasion
2017-18 – Manchester City 3 – 0 Arsenal
2018-19 – Manchester City 0 – 0 Chelsea (City won 4-3 on penalties)
2019-20 – Manchester City 2 – 1 Aston Villa
2020-21 – Manchester City 1 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur
A record that speaks volumes for the current leaders in English football.
That’s right, Manchester City with their triumph last evening won the EFL Cup for the eighth time to go level with Liverpool. An accolade worth every cheer!
Amid an atmosphere filled with excitement, banter, cheers and songs, about 8,000 fans engulfed Wembley to watch this spectacle unfold between the Manchester and North London rivals.
This after thirteen months of empty stands. Yes, the occasion felt like a victory of sport over the pandemic, finally!
And a victory it was, as The Sky Blues sealed the first of the three potential trophies to make this season their own!
City’s offensive onslaught starts from the word go
Manchester City began to attack Spurs from the very start, as the experienced Kevin De Bruyne and the effervescent Phil Foden controlled the midfield brilliantly to keep feeding the ball for City’s offensive onslaught.
The game seemed so one-sided. With all the play happening in Tottenham’s half. Spurs’ captain and keeper Hugo Lloris endured a tough day. City’s attacking menace was such that the Frenchmen had touched the ball more times than his entire Spurs team combined in the first 45.
In truth, Tottenham, under young caretaker manager Ryan Mason at all of 29, were wilted by City’s aggression and seemed all but lost despite having their charismatic talisman, Harry Kane who beat injury to start this game.
The Lilly Whites were lucky to not be scarred with goals when the first 45 drew to a close.
Aymeric Laporte brings the cup home
Against the run of play, Spurs almost opened the scoring moments into the second half. Giovani Lo Celso fired a shot from just outside the D to extract a decent save from the City keeper.
Well, this was the best and only chance Tottenham would have in the entire game, as familiarity, or should I say normalcy, was soon restored with City’s unrelenting onslaught continuing much like the first half.
Lloris made his best save of the game in the 73rd minute to deny Riyad Mahrez who drilled a powerful boult from just outside the D that seemed all but headed in before the Spurs captain got the crucial hand to deflect it wide.
Tottenham were lucky but knew it was a matter of time before misery would be inflicted.
So, right were they as doomsday would finally descend on Spurs when the most unlikely person on the pitch, defender Aymeric Laporte did well to head the ball into the net from a De Bruyne cross less then ten minutes to time to put City in front.
As time was called on the full 90, the Cityzens were ecstatic and Spurs left to ruin their rather inept showing in the final.
A jubilant City coach, Pep Guardiola after the contest said: “That is what these players give for the future generations of this club. It is not winning [just] one title. This team in the last decade was the team in England – since Roberto Mancini won the Premier League, this team wins a lot of times in England. It’s nice, four Carabao Cups in a row, it means consistency in the team to be there. We beat Arsenal and Manchester United on the way so we can say we deserved to win this competition. The way we played was fantastic and it’s nice when you win a title. The most impressive thing is in the last 33 games we won 30.”
The Sky Blues look good to accomplish the treble
Carabao Cup 2020-21 – conquered
Premier League 2020-21 – almost in the bag
Champions League 2020-21 – semi-finalists soaring with the right might to seal the deal
With the form City have shown this season, achieving the terrific treble looks ever more possible.
Yes, the star power that The Sky Blues possess matched with the attitude to win at all costs in games where they tire their opponents with constant offensive threats courtesy a good hold on the mid-field should definitely see them achieve this feat.
Believe me, as a neutral, to watch City play is a spectacle as rare as they come.
The shinning English beacon in Europe like no other!