Carabao Cup final Manchester City versus Tottenham Hotspur
This weekend it’s all about the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. A match that’s usually one where people looking forward to for weeks. This time things are a little bit different. The stadiums won’t be filled with fans because of the Covid-19 virus. Only 8.000 fans are allowed to watch this match live at Wembley.
European Super League
What a crazy week it has been in the world of football. Nobody can deny that this week was absolute mental. It all started on Sunday evening, when the European Super League was announced. Twelve clubs announced they are planning to start their own Super League and withdraw themselves from the Champions League. Six Premier League clubs were amongst these twelve clubs. Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City joined the ESL. A decision that caused a lot of uproar amongst football fans all over the world. The fact that a league is created where participation is guaranteed, no matter how bad a team performs in the league, goes against everything football stands for. A day after the announcement Manchester City was the first club to officially withdraw from the European Super League. Chelsea followed and the remaining four English clubs decided to follow their footsteps. It’s going to be very interesting to see if this distraction has its influencing on the final between two former ESL participants.
New manager for Tottenham Hotspur
As if the European Super League announcement wasn’t enough, Tottenham Hotspur decided to sack Jose Mourinho on Monday. A decision that was imminent, but nobody expected it to be in the week leading up to the Carabao Cup final. The results weren’t good, and nobody enjoyed the football, but if there is anything you can trust Mourinho in, it’s winning finals. Daniel Levy clearly doesn’t trust Mourinho for the final and decided to appoint Ryan Mason as caretaker manager for the remainder of this season. Mason won his first match with the Spurs after a late winning penalty by Son against Southampton on Wednesday. Now it’s up to him to find a way to beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Manchester City ready for another trophy
Manchester City is the current holder of Carabao Cup. They are dominating this cup since 2018. They can extend their winning run to four years in a row when they beat Spurs in the final. The Cityzens won the last three finals after beating Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa. Winning the final this year, would make them equal the record of Liverpool, who won the EFL Cup four years in a row between 1981 and 1984. Based on the form of both teams, we think there is a big opportunity for City to reach this achievement.