GOOD AFTERNOON FROM WEMBLEY
Welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of the 2021 Carabao Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
The quadruple dream may be over for City, but Pep Guardiola’s men can today lift what they hope will be the first of three pieces of silverware this season.
And in doing so, they would write their name into the history books alongside Liverpool by not only equalling the Merseysiders’ record of eight League Cups, but also the four successive triumphs they clocked up between 1981 and 1984.
City have long been favourites to land a fourth consecutive EFL Cup of their own, but much has changed since these clubs booked their place in this final at the start of January.
In the midst of a 21-match winning streak back then, City are suddenly displaying a vulnerability – recently seized upon by Manchester United, Leeds and Chelsea – that should offer Spurs some hope.
However, Jose Mourinho will not be the coach to take advantage following his sacking on Monday, a dramatic revelation that was buried beneath the rise and rubble of the European Super League
Ryan Mason has been placed in interim charge until the end of the campaign, and the 29-year-old could end his first week in the role by leading Tottenham to their first trophy since 2008.
Yet Mason and Spurs may have to do it the hard way with the club facing an anxious wait on Harry Kane’s fitness after the striker hobbled out of action at Everton last weekend with an ankle injury.
The Premier League’s leading goalscorer is being monitored on an hourly basis, and a late decision will be made as to whether he is risked from the start.
Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are expected back for City, having overcome recent knocks, but centre-back John Stones is suspended after his red card at Aston Villa in midweek.
We’ll have the all-important team news for you shortly as well as more build-up from Wembley before the action gets underway at 4.30pm.
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