Opinion: Five things we learned from Spurs’ Carabao Cup Final defeat

It wasn’t to be for Tottenham Hotspur this evening as they fell to a late 1-0 defeat against Man City in the Carabao Cup Final.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned:

14 years without – The trophy drought for Tottenham will now extend to 14 years as the Lilywhites will have to look to earn some silverware in 2022.

Another medal for Kane – Harry Kane picks up his third runners’ up medal this evening, twice in the League Cup and once in the Champions League Final. Certainly not the kind of award he wants to be winning at the peak of his career.

Mourinho non-factor – Some will claim that Mourinho should have been left in charge for the final and that Tottenham would have stood more of a chance. However, that is exactly how he would have set the team up. Frankly, Spurs lasted longer against City than they have done against most other teams under Mourinho this season.

Dier and Toby – While it was difficult for them to move out on the ball, a special shout out must go to Dier and Toby for their defending today. They put their hearts and bodies on the line for the full 90 minutes and deserved the clean sheet.

Quality on the ball – Defending, for once, was not really Tottenham’s issue today. Conceding once across 90 minutes against that City side with the pressure they put on was a good effort. It was the quality on the ball and on the break that Spurs let themselves down with. If you soak up pressure, you need to make the most of your own time on the ball and Tottenham fell well short in that respect.

We go again next year. COYS.

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