Man City vs Tottenham

Sunday’s biggest clash of course came in the form of the 2021 League Cup final.

This year’s showpiece saw Manchester City and Tottenham face off, with the latter looking to secure their first piece of silverware since 2008, which was also the League Cup.

Man City, meanwhile, were looking to continue their dominance over the competition after winning it in four of the previous five years.

And after being ousted from the FA Cup by Chelsea earlier this month, City needed to win this final to keep their treble hopes alive.

Man City triumph

The clash began in somewhat predictable fashion with Manchester City dominating the early exchanges and Spurs penned in their own half looking to hit on the counter.

The first big chance of the game, though, came 25 minutes in after Eric Dier’s poor pass led to Phil Foden being handed a free shot at Hugo Lloris’ goal. The Frenchman, however, pulled off a superb save to deny the young midfielder.

FODEN HITS THE POST 💥

Manchester City are all over Tottenham. Can they take advantage?

Watch live now on Sky Sports Football 📺 pic.twitter.com/HrIjSfcJ8s

— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 25, 2021

Raheem Sterling then saw a deflected effort lash across the face of the Spurs goal.

For all Man City’s domination, though, the score remained 0-0 heading into the interval.

The second 45 began in much the same vein as the first with the Sky Blues on top and Spurs looking frail defensively

City were still unable to find a breakthrough, however, with Ilkay Gundogan’s headed effort which flew over the bar the closest they came to opening the scoring inside the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Ilkay Gundogan then whipped in a great cross towards an advancing Riyad Mahrez but the winger was too short to reach it.

Ryan Mason responded to his sides’ lack of real chances by bringing on Gareth Bale and Moussa Sissoko.

City’s dominance continued despite the changes and Lloris was once again forced to make a top save from Mahrez’s curling effort from the edge of the box.

And the Citizens were eventually handed a breakthrough when Aymeric Laporte headed home from a corner 82 minutes in, with City then able to hang on to secure their latest piece of silverware under Guardiola.

LAPORTE HEADS CITY IN FRONT!

Aymeric Laporte beats Sissoko to De Bruyne’s cross and nods it home. Will that be the winner? 🏆

Watch live now on Sky Sports Football 📺 pic.twitter.com/FP1goDrF3J

— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 25, 2021

Spurs fans furious with Laporte

Following the tie, Spurs fans are understandably not too pleased.

However, their anger has not been directed at their side losing, but instead at the City goalscorer on the day.

Laporte would be shown a yellow card on the stroke of half time for stopping a Spurs counter.

The Lilywhites faithful, though, are rightly arguing that the stopper should not have even been on the pitch to score the winner.

This comes with Laporte having not been booked for a clear foul on Lucas Moura early in the first half. Had he been, he of course would have been sent off at the end of the first half and not been on the pitch to crush Spurs’ League Cup hopes.

Just some of the tweets from the Tottenham fans expressing their displeasure at Laporte’s goal can be seen below:

Goal to City. Laporte.

Who shouldn’t be on the pitch.

— Cartilage FreeMason (@cartilagefree) April 25, 2021

A man that shouldn’t even be on the pitch. Hilarious. #MCITOT

— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) April 25, 2021

The fact that Laporte shouldn’t even be on the pitch makes this hurt more

— Maisie (@maisierp_x) April 25, 2021

Of course it’s the player who shouldn’t be on the pitch.

— Coach Ali (@_CoachAli_) April 25, 2021

So the man who shouldn’t even be on the pitch still scores the goal…. sounds about right 😂

— Sam Ramm (@SamRamm) April 25, 2021

Shouldn’t be on the pitch and twice as much of a foul was just ignored on Reguillon on the other end. Our club is actually cursed 🤦‍♂‍

— Erich Eifert (@EifertErich) April 25, 2021

the fact that he shouldn’t even be on the pitch …. and he scored… I hate this sport

— amra⁷ (@heungminx) April 25, 2021

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