Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs will be taking a break from the regular Premier League fixtures for the League Cup trophy. The final of the tournament will see Pep Guardiola’s team play the final for the fourth year in a row. On the previous three occasions, they have won the tournament whenever they have reached the final.
While for Tottenham Hotspurs they will look to break thier final jinx. Since winning the League Cup in 2008, they have been in three finals. However, they have lost all three finals without even scoring a goal in all three of them.
Keeping this in mind Ryan Mason has a big task in front of him ahead of the game. It is because Manchester City are the clear favourites for the game given thier pedigree in the competition. While Pep Guardiola’s experience compared to Ryan Mason also makes them the favourites.
Analysis: Manchester City vs Tottenhan Hotspurs
Ryan Mason is likely to employ similar tactics his predecessor Jose Mourinho would have. He will park the bus frustrate the Citizens and hit them on counter-attacks. There will be no surprises from Manchester City as well. Over the years they have become very accustomed to this type of defending.
Pep Guardiola’s team will try to push Tottenham Hotspurs deep towards thier own goal and use the space to score goals. Keeping in mind the trend that the Citizens have used this season, a false 9 will try to get Spurs defenders out of position to create space. Thus it will be crucial for Tottenham Hotspurs midfielders to track back and fill in the spaces.
Lucas could drop deep to collect the ball if Ryan Mason’s side does not fall for the false 9 trap and dispossess City players, He is very good at shielding the ball and the likes of Bale and Son can make runs in behind. They will also look to take notes as to how Chelsea used the space in behind Manchester City defenders in the FA Cup semi-finals.
When and Where
Manchester City and Tottenham will play at Wembley Stadium on 25th April 2021 at 9:00 PM IST.
Team News and Starting Line-Up
Kevin De Bryune is likely to miss the game. He suffered an ankle injury in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. While John Stones is suspended for the game following his red card against Aston Villa.
Predicted Line Up: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Foden; Mahrez, Silva, Sterling.
Ben Davies is ruled out for the game. There are still doubts about the fitness of Harry Kane and Matt Doherty as well.
Predicted Line Up: Hugo Lloris; Sergio Reguilion, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier; Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, Heung-min Son, Giovani Lo Celso, Gareth Bale; Lucas Moura.
Head to Head Stats: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspurs
Both teams have faced each other 163 times. Manchester City have won 64 times, Totteham Hotspurs have won 63 times and the rest of 36 games have been draws.
Manchester City- Phil Foden
The youngster has taken huge strides this season. In the potential absence of De Bryune he will be the key architect. Not only this in recent games he has shown a lot of quality and he has shown why he rated so highly.
Tottenham Hotspurs- Gareth Bale
The Real Madrid loanee is the man for the big occasions. A cup final is a big occasion and he has previously shown how he performs in such big games. Spurs fans will be hopeful of something magical from Bale to see their team lift the trophy.
The 12th Man Prediction: Manchester City 2: 1 Tottenham
Given Tottenham Hotspurs defensive problems this season they will struggle to cope up with City’s attacks. But they have enough quality to at least get them a goal, however, Pep Guardiola’s side are likely to prove too big for them.