Manchester City beat Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final thanks to Aymeric Laporte’s late header at Wembley, winning the competition for the fourth successive season. In doing so, City have won the first of a possible three trophies this season as they close in on the Premier League title and aim for a maiden Champions League triumph. Express Sport’s Matthew Dunn rates the City and Spurs players after the Citizens’ triumph, with Laporte perhaps fortunate still to be on the pitch when he headed in Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick after several first-half fouls.
MANCHESTER CITY PLAYER RATINGS
ZACK STEFFEN – 6
Alert to Lo Celso effort after the break and maintained his concentration well.
KYLE WALKER – 6
Strong when he needed to be and made sure he won his battles comfortably enough.
RUBEN DIAS – 6
Lucky not to get early booking but other than that he never really looked troubled by Spurs.
AYMERIC LAPORTE – 7
Got himself booked after so many near misses was in the right place to score the goal.
JOAO CANCELO – 6
Unlucky with very deliberately-placed shot just before the break.
FERNANDINHO – 7
Offered powerful simplicity in midfield which kept the tide pouring forward.
ILKAY GUNDOGAN – 6
Often the quiet link man and when he got his chance he shinned it badly wide.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE – 9
Like a demented Whack-a-mole, he kept popping up all over Wembley. And an inch-perfect assist.
RIYAD MAHREZ – 8
Licensed to drift, he tormented Tottenham defence from all angles – just could not find target.
RAHEEM STERLING – 8
Pace and invention back to his best. Possibly should have done better with early chances.
PHIL FODEN – 8
If he lights up Wembley all summer like he did today England have a Euro 2020 chance.
MAN CITY SUBS
RODRIGO (for Fernandinho 83)
BERNARDO SILVA (for De Bruyne 87)
TOTTENHAM PLAYER RATINGS
HUGO LLORIS – 7
Stretched every sinew to keep Manchester City at bay for as long as he could.
SERGE AURIER – 5
Really struggled defensively and conceded the vital free kick for the goal. Careless.
ERIC DIER – 7
Old-fashioned backs-to-the-wall defending but could not pass his way out of the press.
TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – 7
Joined Dier in some stalwart defending. Not pretty but kept the game alive.
SERGIO REGUILON – 5
Seems to have tailed off in form in recent months and the final continued that trend.
HARRY WINKS – 5
Not played much of late under Mourinho and seemed rusty and more sluggish than usual.
PIERRE-EMILE HOJBJERG – 6
Drifted left to try to combat De Bruyne unsuccessfully and wasted Tottenham’s best chance.
LUCAS MOURA – 6
Threatened to get into his stride a couple of times but Spurs needed much more from him.
GIOVANI LO CELSO – 6
Good effort after the break might have made the difference but generally too easily bypassed.
SON HEUNG-MIN – 6
Couple of sloppy touches and none of the individual brilliance that would have troubled City.
HARRY KANE – 6
Neat touches and vision justified his inclusion. Might have made difference if totally fit.
GARETH BALE (for Moura 67) – 5
MOUSSA SISSOKO (for Lo Celso 67) – 6
DELE ALLI (for Hojbjerg 84)
STEVEN BERGWIJN (for Aurier 90)
Man of the Match – De Bruyne – Too much for Spurs to handle.