LIVE: CARABAO CUP FINAL – Man City vs Tottenham… Pep Guardiola’s side go in search of a FOURTH triumph in a row as rookie boss Ryan Mason looks to cause a huge upset after replacing Jose Mourinho – with fans in attendance at Wembley
- Man City arrive at Wembley today looking to secure fourth straight League Cup
- Tottenham now have ex-midfielder Ryan Mason in charge and are underdogs
- Latest Carabao Cup news, including fixtures and results
- Man City vs Tottenham preview: Team news, route to final and odds
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City arrive at Wembley Stadium today looking to secure an historic fourth straight Carabao Cup triumph.
The Premier League champions-elect come up against Tottenham and Ryan Mason, who took over from Jose Mourinho last week and immediately has the club’s biggest game of the season to contend with.
Join Sportsmail‘s SAM BLITZ for live Carabao Cup coverage of Manchester City vs Tottenham, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.
We’re minutes away from finding out whether Harry Kane will be starting for Tottenham in this final.
The Spurs star striker damaged his ankle ligaments against Everton last Friday and missed the midweek win over Southampton. It is a similar situation to the 2019 Champions League final when he made the starting line-up despite not being fully fit.
Spurs are optimistic over Kane’s fitness, we’ll see how optimistic they really are shortly…
Both sides are out on the pitch at Wembley before heading back into the dressing rooms ahead of their warm-ups.
Manchester City’s players must be used to this feeling by now. The Carabao Cup final has been a regular fixture for them over the past four years.
The same can’t be said about this Tottenham side. They were last in an English domestic cup final back in 2015, when they lost to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in this competition.
We’ll have team news shortly…
The European Super League was not the only main talking point from this week’s action. Spurs sacked manager Jose Mourinho after 17 months at the club, with former midfielder Ryan Mason taking interim charge of the club for now.
Sportsmail columnist Danny Murphy claims Mourinho would have given Spurs more of a chance of beating Manchester City at Wembley, but thinks Mason’s Tottenham will come up short this afternoon.
It’s been a bleak week for football but a minor consolation sees 8,000 fans attend this weekend’s Wembley final as the UK Government’s test events continue.
But there will be some focus on the activities outside the ground as more planned protests against the European Super League are expected in north west London.
More security has been put in place in the event of a high-profile demonstration.
This afternoon’s final may be lacking the Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho rivalry on the touchline, but on the pitch there is plenty of talent competing against each other.
Phil Foden, Gareth Bale, Raheem Sterling, Son Heung-Min, Kevin de Bruyne and possibly Harry Kane are just but a few standout stars in line for a Wembley starting spot.
Here’s Sportmail’s NUMBERS GAME ahead of the Carabao Cup final…
English football was on the verge of falling apart this week. Now it appears to be restored, the first domestic trophy of the season can be decided this afternoon at Wembley.
Manchester City and Pep Guardiola are looking to retain their much-loved trophy once again, having won the last four editions of this competition. Tottenham, on the other hand, last won this competition in 2008 and have not lifted a trophy since then.
So many questions to be asked even before kick-off. Will Guardiola rotate again? Is Harry Kane fit to start? Can Spurs interim boss Ryan Mason do the unthinkable?
We’ll answer all of those questions and more on this blog. Kick-off at Wembley is at 4.30pm BST so we’ll have team news in about half an hour…
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