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26 April, 2021 - 08:00pm
There was just no way Harry Kane was missing the Carabao Cup final clash after recovering from the ankle injury he sustained at Everton just over a week ago.
Returning to training on Friday at Hotspur Way as he trained away from his teammates as he did individual work, Tottenham interim head coach Ryan Mason obviously believed that he was fit enough to start against Man City.
Kane's place in the team saw Gareth Bale drop out of the XI despite impressing against Southampton as he netted a crucial goal on the hour mark, with Tanguy Ndombele also missing out in another huge call.
Maybe a shock to a number of fans, the Frenchman really cannot have any complaints at present after another poor showing against Saints days after disappointing at Everton.
While some maybe doubted Mason given his age and the fact he knows a large chunk of the squad, he definitely isn't afraid to make big decisions and drop key players from the XI.
Mason may have only been in charge less than a week but he is already getting his football philosophy across to his players.
With Jose Mourinho previously opting for Hugo Lloris to go long from goal kicks to get the ball up into the final third, the interim head coach instead wants his players to play out from the back.
Despite City having the likes of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez in attack and putting intense pressure on the Spurs backline, Mason still insisted on his team passing it out from their own box even though he knew they could lose possession in the blink of an eye.
They did change it up on a few occasions to relieve the pressure on the side, yet it appears it is the way forward under Mason and they will be playing that way for the remainder of the campaign.
While it is all well and good trying to build from the back and pass the ball about, Spurs had one player on the bench who would've suited their style of play perfectly.
The decision to drop Ndombele was a big talking point and the French international maybe would've been a better option in midfield due to his qualities.
Able to collect the ball with his back to goal and play under pressure with two men on his back, the ex-Lyon man really could've helped Spurs out as Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier didn't always have options when looking to move the ball on.
Tottenham did see more of the ball in the second half as they mounted a few attacks on City and in the end Ndombele wasn't even called on in the final.
He will now be hoping to make an impact against Sheffield United next weekend if selected.
Dele Alli has endured such a frustrating year at Tottenham after falling well out of favour under Mourinho.
Playing 45 minutes in the opening day defeat against Everton before his half-time substitution, the 25-year-old has only started once in the league since then after missing out on the matchday squad numerous times.
Initially coming back into Mourinho's thinking once the January transfer window closed for business, he again found himself out of the team and watching on from the sidelines.
Still rated incredibly highly by Tottenham fans, those supporters inside Wembley on Sunday afternoon made their feelings crystal clear when he went to warm up alongside Bale and Steven Bergwijn as they chanted his Spurs song loudly.
It really would have meant so much to the player to hear his song again after not having the fans in stadiums all season bar a couple of games over the winter months.
He clearly appreciated it as he tuned around to clap the 2,000 Spurs contingent in the corner of the ground.
Mason knew that his side couldn't go toe-to-toe against Man City in the final as they looked to end their run without silverware.
City simply would have picked them off if that was the case and run riot at the national stadium.
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Instead, Tottenham spent pretty much all of the opening 45 minutes in their own half of the pitch as they frustrated their opponents with some great blocks and last-ditch tackles.
They would then look to hit City on the break but they didn't exactly trouble Pep Guardiola's men on the rare occasions when they did have the ball.
It was very much a Mourinho blueprint and it did leave still them in the game in the second half when it could've been over as a contest if they had not remained firm.
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Updated 2140 GMT (0540 HKT) April 25, 2021
26 April, 2021 - 08:00pm
26 April, 2021 - 08:00pm
A late Aymeric Laporte header deservedly won it for City at Wembley and ensured Spurs' 13-year wait for a trophy would continue.
A number of Spurs players appeared devastated at full-time, with Heung-Min Son in tears on the pitch and Eric Dier giving an emotional post-match interview.
But there was clearly no sympathy from Ozil, who still obviously holds his old club close to his heart.
In a reference to Spurs' trophy cabinet after the game, Ozil tweeted: "It remains dusty..." along with an emoji of a trophy and wind blowing, much to the delight of Arsenal supporters.
Spurs last won silverware when they lifted the then-Carling Cup in 2008, and speaking to the club media Dier admitted this loss was particularly difficult to take.
"It was an opportunity to win a trophy and we've come up short," he said. "It has to drive you on. I'm not going to lie, this one is very tough because to not have a trophy in seven years here hurts me deeply. We just have to go again."
Ozil, meanwhile, is now at Turkish side Fenerbahce, and he was one of the first high-profile current players to speak out about the proposed European Super League.
He took to social media last week in the wake of the news to say: "Kids grow up dreaming to win the World Cup and the Champions League - not any Super League.
"The enjoyment of big games is that they only happen once or twice a year, not every week. Really hard to understand for all football fans out there."
26 April, 2021 - 08:00pm
Spurs were aiming to end a 13-year trophy drought at Wembley but lost to Aymeric Laporte's late header as they suffered another final loss.
In recent years they have lost the 2015 Carabao Cup final, which interim boss Mason played in, the 2019 Champions League final and also fell away in two Premier League title races.
Ryan Mason says his Tottenham players are feeling 'pain' after losing in the League Cup final
Spurs lost 1-0 to Manchester City as they were crowned League Cup champions once again
They never really looked like ending that streak against City, who were totally dominant on their way to four League Cup titles in a row.
There were scenes of devastation at full-time as Son Heung-min was in tears on the pitch while Eric Dier had to stop a post-match interview to compose himself and Mason says the dressing room is hurting.
'Pain. It hurts. I've been sitting in there as a player, I've played for this football club and lost a final, I know what it's like,' Mason, who was only appointed on an interim basis on Tuesday due to Jose Mourinho's sacking, said.
'I know that feeling. It's normal that they're hurting. It's normal, because it shows that they care.
Mason says the players are hurting after the defeat, which he says shows how much they care
'And this group of players care deeply about this football club. I think we saw that today, they gave absolutely everything, 100 per cent commitment. We tried, we tried, it wasn't enough today, that's tough to take.
'City are a great side, an incredible team but I think our group of players gave everything with what they have had to deal with in seven days, the lack of preparation but they gave everything, absolutely everything. That is something to be proud of.
'I think when you lose a cup final, it's disappointing. We're all hurting. I am, the players are and I'm sure the fans are and everyone associated with the football club. It's difficult to take. Obviously it's my job, a coach's job to start giving the players a platform and start preparing, start planning.'
Mason was a Spurs player when they appeared in 2015 League Cup final, which was also a loss
Laporte might have been in the dressing room by the time he scored had Paul Tierney penalised two cynical fouls on Lucas Moura in the first half with yellow cards, but the referee let him off with the first impediment.
'I thought the first one was an absolute certain yellow,' Mason added. 'It's not the talking point because maybe he doesn't make the second foul if he's on a yellow.
'Listen, it happened. At that point it was 0-0 and 0-0 for a very long time in the second half as well.
'That isn't on our minds at this moment as we're trying to get over the fact we've just lost the cup final. It's difficult to take, it's difficult to take for the group of players and for everyone associated with the football club. We have to move on.'
Mason came into the week as an academy coach but ended it walking his boyhood club out at Wembley, but he is not looking too far into the future in terms of his own role.
Mason insisted he and his players must now move on and have a strong finish to the season
'I'll be completely honest: my mind now is sad because of what just happened,' he said. 'I'm not thinking of five-six-seven weeks down the line or the next six months or the next year of what I plan to do, because you can't in football.
'You just have to be ready in the moment, and you have to live in the moment. And I'm going to do that for the next day, the next two days - my focus will be preparing this team for a big game next weekend.
'Once we're on the training pitch, once we get them back out there, that's my focus, and nothing else.'
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26 April, 2021 - 10:45am
One of Spurs’ greatest generations may not have a trophy to show for it, and the same can be said for one of their greatest-ever players, Harry Kane.
Even if they had won the League Cup it would have only papered over the gaping, obvious cracks of squad mismanagement and turmoil behind-the-scenes.
But still, now that Spurs have stopped progressing and have stalled, some silverware would have been nice for this group of players to show for their efforts during this close to golden generation.
In Sunday’s final Tottenham were dominated by Manchester City but hung in there and only lost 1-0 to a late goal from Aymeric Laporte, but it was a similar feeling for Tottenham, and for Kane, who clearly wasn’t fully fit after his ankle injury.
Close but no cigar, again, for Spurs.
After firing Jose Mourinho earlier this week, then the huge fan uproar over Daniel Levy leading Tottenham into the European Super League and then pulling them out, it has been a tough few weeks, and months, for Spurs.
They are now at a huge crossroads as following their shock Europa League exit, their Champions League hopes hinge on an unlikely top four finish and Harry Kane’s future is in doubt.
This feels like a pivotal moment in Spurs’ project as the likes of Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Heung-min Son and, the leader, Harry Kane, could all easily move on this summer.
After leading Spurs to the promised land of the new stadium, there is now a clear lack of ambition. It is as if this group of players have hit the expensively assembled glass ceiling, next to the Champagne bar, they worked so hard for the club to build.
The sign of Kane, 27, looking wistfully into the distance at the end of a cup final or at the end of a season, while we question his fitness status, is now becoming an all too familiar sight. League Cup final in 2015. Champions League final in 2019. League Cup final in 2021. Rinse. Repeat.
How much longer can Kane hang around to see if Tottenham can get over the line?
0 – Harry Kane didn't attempt a shot or create a single chance for Spurs in today's League Cup final, the first time he's done neither while playing more than 45 minutes in a game since September 2018, versus Inter Milan in the Champions League. Spotlight. #CarabaoCupFinal pic.twitter.com/3EPVKrK1cA
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 25, 2021
Kane holds the key to Spurs’ future.
If he stays the project can be rebuilt, if they get the right manager, but there are a lot of ifs there for Tottenham.
Interim boss Ryan Mason, 29, summed it up best when speaking to our partners in the UK at Sky Sports after the League Cup final defeat.
“[Man] City are probably four or five years ahead of us. They’ve had a manager for such a long time and they’ve worked a certain way for such a long time,” Mason said. “Going forward my idea, and I’m sure it is everyone’s idea for Tottenham, is to be brave and try and dominate games like they do. It is a process. It takes time.”
It feels like time has run out for this cycle of players at Tottenham, and it is time for a new project to begin.
Kane needs to be around to give them the best chance of success, of course, but Levy now needs to get his next managerial choice correct, just like he did with Mauricio Pochettino.
The new manager, whoever he is, needs to be brave and bold again, just like most of this team was seven years ago when Poch put it together. They aren’t brave or bold anymore and the weight of not living up to expectations is clear for all to see.
Tottenham’s tag as the nearly team will live on for at least another 12 months.
Right now it is tough to see Kane, and many others, being around to shake that tag off and change how history looks at them.
26 April, 2021 - 04:30am
If they still had hope in the final 10 minutes it was only because of the eternal truism that a side that have had dozens of chances and failed to score will inevitably then concede to the first opportunity they give up. But for Tottenham the chance never came: Opta may have recorded that Spurs had two shots to City’s 21, but you’d be hard-pressed to remember them. At least one xG model felt the need to go to two decimal places to get Tottenham above zero.
Not even the Chas & Dave numerology could save Spurs, and it’s going to be another 10 years till the year next ends in one – although increasingly it looks as though the superstition only applied in the 20th century. The onslaught of money has killed that, like so much else of the old football.
So where next for Tottenham? The Carabao Cup, really, was an opportunity to add a cosmetic sheen to the upheavals that have followed defeat in the 2019 Champions League final – the links between the two occasions underlined by the way Harry Kane stumbled about ineffectively in both having returned from ankle injury (and despite the obvious precedent of Madrid, this was by far the more understandable selection given how bad every Spurs player other than Kane has been for the past month).
Mauricio Pochettino had made clear in the buildup to that final that his squad had gone stale and needed major reinvestment; there was only so much he and his universal energy could achieve. There’s only so much negativity a bowl of lemons on the desk can absorb.
The grand new stadium, the most potent symbol of Tottenham’s elite status, was also the financial burden that prevented them remaining at that level, an irony inflated by the way the pandemic has meant it has lain empty for months. (And if the underlying logic of the proposed Super League is correct, and the future is the global fan watching on their apps, to what extent do vast stadiums matter any more?)
So what are Spurs left with? The promise of two years ago has dissipated quickly. Kane and Son Heung-min, clearly, remain top-class talents, and Hugo Lloris, after a mid-season blip, has returned to form. But who else has played consistently well enough recently for a new manager to consider them indispensable? There have been flickers from Tanguy Ndombele; Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier had good finals; and Sergio Reguilón is popular, although he struggled at Wembley. Others may prosper in a happier set-up.
But Kane is 27 and Son 28. Both may be considering their futures, particularly if, as seems likely, Tottenham fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The great consolation for Daniel Levy is that he got both to agree contracts until they are 30: if they are to leave, there will at least be reasonable recompense – although quite what that means in a world in which Covid has hammered everybody’s finances is unclear.
Four miles to the south-west, Arsenal offer a grim warning of how quickly a club can slide, yet Tottenham seem to be following them step-by-step: investment in a great stadium diminishes revenue available to develop the squad, leading to a downturn in results and the departure of the manager who brought the success – although with Arsenal the manager was at least to an extent responsible for structures that looked increasingly outmoded. Tottenham, it seems, got rid of Pochettino because it was easier and cheaper than replacing half a dozen players.
But now there is still the need for half a dozen new players, compensation to be paid to Mourinho – and the toxicity he inevitably leaves to be cleaned up – plus the expense of appointing a new manager and his staff. The next appointment feels crucial. Tottenham could easily find that the next time a Super League is discussed, they are no longer invited.