Manchester City won the League Cup for a record fourth time in succession with a deserved victory over a disappointing Tottenham Hotspur side at Wembley.
City defender Aymeric Laporte, arguably fortunate to be on the pitch after escaping a yellow card in the first half before being cautioned after the break, rose above Spurs substitute Moussa Sissoko to head home Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick eight minutes from time.
It was appropriate reward for City creating a host of chances and dominating Spurs, who did not enjoy any sort of positive reaction from sacking manager Jose Mourinho on Monday and replacing him with caretaker Ryan Mason.
The final was played in front of 8,000 supporters, including 2,000 from each club – and it was a delight to hear noise inside Wembley’s vast arena once more.
City start their silverware collection
Pep Guardiola’s face was a picture of joy at the end of a week that saw Manchester City heavily criticised as one of the Premier League clubs involved in the ill-fated and quickly abandoned European Super League.
No-one can begrudge City or Guardiola this piece of history, with Laporte’s winner finally giving a performance that was top class in so many areas the end product it deserved.
Riyad Mahrez was outstanding while Raheem Sterling was tireless – even if his finishing touch still eludes him.
It means City, who lost the chance of a historic quadruple when they were beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley eight days ago, secure their first trophy of the season three days before their Champions League semi-final first leg at Paris St-Germain.
City are within touching distance of retaining the Premier League title so this cup success, the 30th major trophy of Guardiola’s glittering managerial career, sets the perfect platform for further glory ahead.
The Spaniard’s players may have feared they would pay for their missed chances but anything other than a City win would have been a real injustice.
Player of the match
with an average of 7.35
Squad number47Player nameFoden
Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
Squad number26Player nameMahrez
Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
Squad number14Player nameLaporte
Squad number8Player nameGündogan
Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
Squad number2Player nameWalker
Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
Squad number7Player nameSterling
Squad number13Player nameSteffen
Squad number16Player nameRodri
Squad number1Player nameLloris
Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
Squad number4Player nameAlderweireld
Squad number10Player nameKane
Squad number15Player nameDier
Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
Squad number9Player nameBale
Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
Squad number24Player nameAurier
Squad number18Player nameLo Celso
Squad number3Player nameReguilón
Squad number8Player nameWinks
Squad number17Player nameSissoko
Squad number20Player nameAlli
Squad number23Player nameBergwijn
- 3Rúben Dias
- 14LaporteBooked at 45mins
- 25FernandinhoBooked at 59minsSubstituted forRodriat 84′minutes
- 17De BruyneSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 87′minutes
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 24AurierSubstituted forBergwijnat 90′minutes
- 3ReguilónBooked at 27mins
- 5HøjbjergSubstituted forAlliat 84′minutes
- 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forSissokoat 67′minutes
- 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forBaleat 67′minutes
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 6D Sánchez
- Paul Tierney
Match ends, Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
Offside, Manchester City. João Cancelo tries a through ball, but Phil Foden is caught offside.
Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).
Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Steven Bergwijn replaces Serge Aurier.
Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Serge Aurier.
Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Kevin De Bruyne.
Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Substitution, Manchester City. Rodrigo replaces Fernandinho.
Goal! Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a set piece situation.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur).
Foul by João Cancelo (Manchester City).
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.
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