Manchester City won their fourth Carabao Cup in a row as they beat a tepid Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in front of 8000 fans.
Pep Guardiola’s side were at their brilliant best, as he picked up his ninth trophy in just five years since joining the club. City were by far the better team as they peppered the Spurs goal for 90 minutes, but they failed to convert a number of clear-cut chances during a game where their opponents barely laid a glove on them.
However, centre back Aymeric Laporte finally broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute, as he managed to rise above Moussa Sissoko to head home from a wicked Kevin de Bruyne cross.
Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason, who was taking charge of his second game just a week after the controversial sacking of Jose Mourinho, looked helpless on the touchline as his side struggled to get a grip on the game.
Questions will be raised over the timing of Mourinho’s sacking, with the two-time Champions League winner experienced in these types of situations.
Spurs failed to create a single chance of note, even with talisman Harry Kane starting after passing a late fitness test.
The Premier League’s top scorer cut a frustrated figure for large portions of the contest, and resorted to dropping deep in the second half to try and inject some life into their performance.
It was another England international who stole the show though, as the mercurial Phil Foden proved to be a constant thorn in the side of the Spurs defence.
The 20-year-old was unlucky not to open the scoring in the first half, as his shot was blocked superbly by Toby Alderweireld onto the post.
Riyad Mahrez – who was also magnificent - had a couple of efforts whistle inches wide of the goal, while Joao Cancelo had a shot saved by Hugo Lloris in added time of the first half.
The French captain was a busy man in goal, and the score could have been a lot worse had he not been on his A-game.
The victory for City leaves them still on for a potential treble, and they can wrap up the Premier League title next weekend should results go their way. Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is next up for Guardiola’s men, as they take on Paris Saint Germain this Wednesday in the Champions League semi-final.
Spurs on the other hand, await their first trophy in 13 years, and fans will be desperate for the next managerial appointment to be the right one, especially with the future of Kane up in the air.
With Julian Nagelsmann reportedly heading to Bayern Munich, the club will have to search elsewhere for someone to take the helm.