Manchester City are the 2020/21 EFL Cup winners!
The Blues retained their crown on Sunday evening following an entertaining clash played at Wembley Stadium in front of 8,000 fans.
Aymeric Laporte was the unlikeliest hero of the day, scoring late on to give Pep Guardiola’s side a 1-0 win.
The Spaniard named a strong lineup and was boosted by the return of talisman Kevin de Bruyne, while also naming Sergio Aguero on the bench.
It was a cagey start in the opening five minutes with both teams struggling to find any rhythm, but overall, the Blues enjoyed a superb first-half, creating chance after chance but could not find the back of the net as perfect goalkeeping and desperate defending time and again bailed out Ryan Mason’s men.
City’s first attack came in the seventh minute down the left as Sterling turned brilliantly at the byline, breaking free of Aurier, but his cross was hooked wide by Foden six yards out!
They created another chance a minute later, this time Mahrez dropping in a cross only for Sterling to head out wide from eight yards out.
Guardiola’s men then came closest as Foden got down the left again, cut it back for an unmarked Sterling 10 yards out, and he took a first touch before shooting low but was denied by Eric Dier’s leg.
It was all City in the first opening half-hour and they once again came close in the 26th minute after Dier lost the ball, allowing De Bruyne to get free down the right.
The Belgian swung a cross in which was half-cleared by Alderweireld and it fell to Foden six yards out whose poked effort bounced off the post and went out for a corner.
Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan came close twice, but the match surprisingly remained goalless at the break.
Spurs started the second half on the front foot, and Lo Celso almost scored two minutes into the half after picking the ball 30 yards out and curled a beauty that was heading for the bottom corner, but Steffen got down to tip it away for a corner.
Spurs then lost a perfect chance to get on the scoresheet in the 62nd minute as Reguilon found Harry Kane, who burst forward before slipping it to Hojbjerg on the left, but somehow the ball rolled out of play due to poor communication from the two players.
Ilkay Gundogan and Mahrez once again created chances in the latter stages of the game, but could not break the deadlock.
With the match seemingly headed for a draw, Aymeric Laporte rose highest to head in a De Bruyne ball and break the deadlock with five minutes to go.
De Bruyne nearly made it 2-0 two minutes later after getting into the box and managed to dance past one and shot low from 12 yards, but it was blocked superbly by Dier.
City held on to win their fourth EFL Cup in a row, and deny Spurs their first title in over a decade.