Tottenham is joined by Manchester City in the EFL Cup final following City’s 2-0 win over United in the Manchester derby.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City left it till late to show their neighbours why they are so successful in this cup.
With two second-half goals by John Stone in the 50th minute and Fernandinho in the 83rd minute, they’ve booked their tickets to London for a final against Tottenham.
A quick recap of the game
The game was poised to be a banger with both Manchester clubs showing superb form before heading into the clash. United, playing at home and unbeaten in their last seven across all competitions, were looking to continue their excellent form of late.
On the other hand, Man City undefeated in their last 11 across all competitions, were worried Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s good run against them would continue. But the Cityzens were just too much for the Red Devils to handle in their own backyard.
The game was well-contested with end-to-end action from the first whistle and all the first half was missing was a goal. The visitors missed a couple of stone-cold chances in the first 45 and should have gone ahead through Kevin de Bruyne, who hit the crossbar.
His chance was the best in the opening half and the two teams went into half-time with the score level on 0-0. The game did have the look of a penalty shootout with them missing chance after chance, but Pep’s boys weren’t haven’t it.
The resurgence of John Stones continues! 💥
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) January 6, 2021
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In the 50th minute, Stones got on the end of a Phil Foden free-kick and tapped in the first of the game. The Englishman has really revived his City career with a late surge in performances and was rewarded with the go-ahead goal.
The second came in the final ten minutes of the game through arguably the best player on the pitch.
The returning Fernandinho, outside of the box, connected cleanly with his shot and all United’s Dean Henderson could do is admire the excursion and watch it roll into the bottom-left corner of his goal.
The goal was the cherry on top for the Brazilian who made a huge difference in City’s attack and defence.
Man United were just either offside all of the time or wasteful with their chances. They registered 11 shots at goal and only two hit the target.
The Wembley stage is set!
The stage is set for two of the biggest names in the game in Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to have a showdown at Wembley Stadium for the finals of the Carabao Cup.
Mourinho is hoping to end a 13-year run without a major trophy at Tottenham Hotspur while Man City enjoys their fourth consecutive EFL Cup final under Pep. This was City’s eighth clean sheet in 12 games since their loss to the team they meet in the final.
A cup final will always suit Jose’s gameplan and style of play. City’s experience at this stage in the tournament is second to none and something that will give his team more confidence heading into it.
🗣”Just to get something on it was great”
John Stones sums up his Semi-Final goal perfectly and speaks about his recent run and impressive form for Manchester City pic.twitter.com/RCpjsR1i7i
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 6, 2021
But it must be noted, Mourinho has the chance to pull the double over Guardiola having beaten him 2-0 in the Premier League back in November.
There have been many changes that have taken place since then. Spurs experienced some bad results while Man City started showing signs of their old ruthless selves again.
All-in-all, this final is looking mouth-watering and promises to be one of the best in recent years. The date set for the final which is said to be Sunday, April 25 2021.