Jurgen Klinsmann has claimed that Christian Eriksen could have made a difference for Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City had the Dane still been at the club.

Spurs struggled to get a foothold in the match at Wembley as City dominated proceedings from start to finish.

Thanks to some brilliant last-ditch defending and some outstanding saves from Hugo Lloris, Tottenham were able to keep Pep Guardiola’s men from scoring until late on.

However, City eventually found a way past Lloris as Aymeric Laporte rose above Moussa Sissoko to head Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick into the back of the net in the 82nd minute.

That proved to be the defining blow as Tottenham failed to muster much of a response in the final few minutes of the game despite the fact that Mason threw on the likes of Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn.

Klinsmann believes that Eriksen, who joined Inter Milan in a €20m (£17.3m) deal in January of last year, could have been a useful creative outlet for the North Londoners at Wembley.

The Spurs legend told ESPN FC (as relayed by HITC): “It’s funny. We talk about who could come on and make a difference.

“But the player who could’ve made a difference today is Eriksen but he’s playing for Inter Milan now.”

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We did suffer from a lack of creativity with Ndombele not being involved at Wembley. I do not think the final was the sort of game Eriksen would have enjoyed being involved in due to how little of the ball Spurs had.

However, our decision making in the final third was extremely poor in the few counter-attacking opportunities we did have and perhaps someone who was capable of producing a quality final-ball could have made a difference.

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