Man City have made this competition their own in recent seasons, winning four of the last five editions, and they move level with Liverpool as the most succesful team in the tournament’s history after lifting the cup for the eighth time.
Tottenham, meanwhile, see their 13-year trophy drought continue, having not won silverware since beating Chelsea in the 2008 final.
It has been a turbulent week for both clubs, who were part of the proposed European Super League breakaway, but even more so for Spurs, who were managed by 29-year-old interim boss Ryan Mason after Jose Mourinho was sacked on Monday.
Manchester City won the Carabao Cup Final as Tottenham were undone by a late Aymeric Laporte goal at Wembley.
The Frenchman met Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick powerfully to nod beyond Hugo Lloris in the 82nd minute, capping a dominant City display.
After a turbulent week, City have put European Super league Saga behind them by beating Aston Villa to get back on track in the premier on Wednesday.
Spurs, also centrally involved in ESL fiasco, sacked manager Jose Mourinho at the start of the week, Mason got his managerial career off to a winning start with a late victory over Southampton in midweek but this was an entirely different test – though Harry Kane returned, City deserved their victory.
Pep Guardiola welcomed back Kevin De Bruyne to the starting XI, with Sergio Aguero on the bench. A tense game saw City dominate but fail to take their chances, and it wasn’t until the 81st minute when Aymeric Laporte – lucky to be on the pitch – headed in the winner from a free kick.
Pep Guardiola’s side hardly let Spurs into their half in the first 45 minutes, during which Phil Foden went closest to an opener by forcing a super last-ditch block from Toby Alderweireld.
Wingers Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez – who gave Tottenham’s full-backs a torrid evening – also went close to breaking the deadlock before Paul Tierney brought the first half to a close.
Tottenham grew into the match after the interval and Giovani Lo Celso called City goalkeeper Zack Steffen into action for the first time with a curling effort from the edge of the area.
Spurs continued to have joy on the counter-attack and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg should have done much better than pass the ball out of play when finding himself with time in the box just after the hour mark.
Approaching the final 20 minutes, however, City reasserted their dominance and Mahrez stung Lloris’ palms with an effort from just outside the area.
A silly challenge from Aurier on Sterling gives City a free-kick on the left wing and De Bruyne’s pinpoint delivery in the 82nd minute as Laporte gets in front of his man to head past Lloris from six yards to head home the winner.
Aymeric Laporte’s late header saw Manchester City break down a resilient Tottenham to win a fourth consecutive Carabao Cup at Wembley.
Alderweireld makes yet another vital block – this time from Foden, who danced beautifully away from a defender in the area.
Manchester City win the Carabao Cup for the fourth year in a row, equalling the record set by Liverpool between 1981-84. They had to be patient – the winner from Aymeric Laporte didn’t come until the 82nd minute – but ultimately they were far too good for a limited Spurs.
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