Manchester City and Tottenham face off in the Carabao Cup final this afternoon following a difficult week for both.
Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho on Monday following a poor run of form at the club and Ryan Mason has been placed in interim charge for the rest of the season.
Both City and Spurs have also been caught up in the European Super League furore, committing to the controversial breakaway competition before ultimately pulling out following a fierce backlash.
Both clubs have plenty to answer for with their fans and will now meet at Wembley in the rearrange League Cup final this weekend.
And for all the ill-feeling off the field this week, this match should provide a welcome escape and a shot at silverware.
City have won this competition three years on the bounce and on five occasions in the last seven seasons.
This cup also provided Tottenham with their last trophy having beaten Chelsea in the 2008 final.
It will likely be a day of high drama and emotion under the Wembley arch and talkSPORT will be in attendance to bring you it all…
Route to the final
- Round 3 – beat Bournemouth 2-1
- Round 4 – beat Burnley 3-0
- Quarter-final – beat Arsenal 4-1
- Semi-final – beat Manchester United 2-0
- Round 3 – received a bye against Leyton Orient due to COVID-19 implications
- Round 4 – beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties (1-1 normal time)
- Quarter-final – beat Stoke 3-1
- Semi-final – beat Brentford 2-0
Man City v Tottenham: How to listen
The cup final will be held on Sunday, April 25 and will kick-off at Wembley at 4:30pm.
The match was originally set to take place on February 28 but was rearranged to have fans in attendance.
There will be 8,000 supporters at Wembley – the most at an outdoor sporting event in the UK since the first coronavirus lockdown in March last year.
Full coverage from Wembley will be live on talkSPORT, with our extended pre-match build-up starting at 1pm.
Mark Saggers will be your host and commentary will come from Sam Matterface, Stuart Pearce, and Ally McCoist.
Before our main coverage at 3pm, Ade Oladipo will host the Sunday Session live from BoxPark Wembley to build up to the big game.
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Man City v Tottenham: Team news
City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who suffered an ankle injury in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea, is a major doubt.
John Stones will be suspended for the final following his straight red card against Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Sergio Aguero is hoping to prove his fitness after a stint out with a muscular problem.
Cup goalkeeper Zack Steffen is expected to start over first choice Ederson once again.
Tottenham star Harry Kane faces a race against time to be fit for the match.
The England captain suffered an ankle injury in Mourinho’s last game in charge at Everton and did not make the squad for their win over Southampton in midweek but has trained since.
Matt Doherty is back in contention but Ben Davies is still out.
Man City v Tottenham: What has been said?
Man City boss Pep Guardiola insists all he can do is help his team try to win every game they play following a difficult week for the Premier League elite.
He said: “I am pretty sure the players will be ready like they have been.
“In this business we have, the most honest and best are the players. The rest…the only ones we can trust to make us happy and enjoy good moments in our lives are the players.
“It’s a business, of course, but there’s a lot of feeling behind.
“But the Champions League, of course you have to improve. A long time ago when I started playing football just the champions played the Champions League. Just one team. Now we have four.
“Now the competition is much better than before. Okay, we play more games.
“Maybe in the future there’s another way to play this competition. Society goes forward and intentions are completely different.
“But we have to create it altogether. And altogether you have to agree that when you play on the field and beat the opponents, you deserve to be there. If not, you have to improve.
“If not, it’s another sport, another game, and that cannot be possible.”
Man City v Tottenham: Match stats and facts
- Manchester City are looking to win the League Cup for a joint-record eighth time (level with Liverpool), while they could also become just the second team to win the competition in four consecutive campaigns (Liverpool, 1981-1984).
- Tottenham’s last major trophy win came in this competition back in 2008, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley under Juande Ramos. This is their third appearance in the final since then, losing against Manchester United in 2009 and Chelsea in 2015.
- Both Tottenham (W4 L4) and Manchester City (W7 L1) are competing in their ninth different League Cup final, with only Liverpool (12) having played in more. Only Liverpool (8) have won more than Man City, while only Arsenal (6) have lost more than Spurs.
- In the previous seven seasons, the English League Cup has been won by either Manchester City (’14, ’16, ’18, ’19, ’20) or a José Mourinho side (Chelsea, ’15, Man Utd, ’17), with Pep Guardiola’s Citizens lifting the trophy in each of the last three campaigns.
- This is the second time Tottenham and Man City are facing off in a major domestic cup final, with Spurs winning the 1981 FA Cup against the Citizens following a replay. Tottenham v Man City will be the 17th different fixture to have been played in the final of the both the League Cup and the FA Cup.
- Tottenham have won all three of their previous League Cup meetings with Manchester City, winning in round three in 1992-93, round four in 2003-04 and the quarter-final en route to winning the trophy in 2007-08.
- When playing at the ground as a neutral venue, Tottenham have lost each of their last five matches at Wembley Stadium, shipping at least two goals each time. Spurs also lost both of their Premier League games against Man City at Wembley when using it as a home ground.
- 25th April is the latest a League Cup final has taken place since 1990 (29th April), with Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest beating Joe Royle’s Oldham Athletic 1-0.
- Man City boss Pep Guardiola is looking to become the first manager to win the League Cup in four consecutive seasons. The Citizens haven’t lost any of their last 19 ties in the competition, since being eliminated by Manchester United in October 2016.
- Sergio Agüero scored in Man City’s League Cup final victories in both 2018 and 2020 and could become the first player to score in three different League Cup finals since Didier Drogba (2005, 2007, 2008).
- Harry Kane is the all-time leading club scorer at Wembley Stadium, scoring 31 goals in 44 appearances there for Spurs, scoring eight in his last 10 club games at Wembley. There’s only been two English scorers in the last seven League Cup finals – John Terry in 2015 and Jesse Lingard in 2017.
- As it stands, Yaya Touré and David Silva are the only players to have scored in both a League Cup and an FA Cup final for Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling could all join this list having scored for the Citizens in their 2019 FA Cup final triumph.
- This will be Ryan Mason’s second game in charge of Tottenham – the last manager to take charge of an English club in a major final as early as his second game at the helm was Luton Town’s Syd Owen, whose first such match was the 1959 FA Cup final.