Manchester City have won a quadruple after all. Despite being unable to score for 80 minutes with constant pressure, City beat Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley through an Aymeric Laporte header to seal a record-tying fourth straight Carabao Cup title.
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From the opening minute, Pep Guardiola’s men played with intensity, putting all of the pressure on Spurs, but could not find the opening. 29-year old Ryan Mason, in charge of the North London club after the surprising sacking of José Mourinho, was forced to sit deep and try to hit on the counter, but his side failed to create much of note despite the return of Harry Kane.
Laporte’s winner was controversial, as he miraculously escaped a yellow on a tactical foul in the first half on Lucas Moura before eventually being booked for a very similar tackle on Moura later. He could have easily been sent off well before scoring the decisive goal, but City were by far the more deserving side and have likely sealed at least a domestic double this year.
This has been a remarkable season for City, and ending it with just one trophy would have almost been a bit of a letdown. Following Man United’s draw with Leeds, City are now just two wins away from sealing their third Premier League crown in the last four seasons, while they face a massive Champions League semi-final against PSG in midweek.
This was a great recovery after losing out on the FA Cup for the second straight season, but there is still everything to play for. In terms of history, however, four league cups in a row is a staggering achievement, and one that highlights Guardiola’s incredible impact at this club.