Mason says players are feeling 'pain' after League Cup final defeat

‘It hurts’: Ryan Mason says his Tottenham players are feeling ‘pain’ after falling short in ANOTHER final in narrow Carabao Cup defeat by Manchester City

  • Tottenham were narrowly beaten 1-0 in Carabao Cup final by Manchester City 
  • Spurs lost their third final in six years as 13-year wait for major trophy continues 
  • Ryan Mason, who lost 2015 final as a player, said players are feeling the ‘pain’

Tottenham boss Ryan Mason says his players are feeling pain after they again fell short on the big stage following a 1-0 Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

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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