Manchester City to defend their crown against Tottenham in the League Cup

Manchester City qualified for the English League Cup final again after beating neighbor Manchester United 2-0 as a visitor on Wednesday in the second semi-final.

The title will therefore be played at Tottenham, who also beat Brentford (2nd Division) 2-0 on Tuesday in the other semi-final.

It will be on April 25 at London’s Wembley Stadium, where Josep Guardiola (Manchester City) and José Mourinho (Tottenham) will play in an engaging tactical duel, full of tension from the rivalry Barcelona-Real Madrid have brought about through their past duels.

John Stones scored the game’s first goal in the 50th minute, ending with a Phil Foden free kick. The game has been reviewed on video and validated.

In 83, the Brazilian Fernandinho condemned to obtain a rejection and to please the second of his team.

Between goals, United tried unsuccessfully to level the game, but without much chances. Harry Maguire, in a head, had in 64 one of the most dangerous.

Three goals were canceled in the game, one for United and two for City.

“It’s an incredible victory for us, beating United away to reach another final,” said Guardiola.

The Catalan coach wanted to dedicate the victory to Colin Bell, a former legendary player of the club (152 goals in 492 games) who died Tuesday at the age of 74 and for whom a minute of silence was observed.

“It’s for him and for his family. He helped build this club, ”said the current coach.

The ‘Citizens’ arrived at the match with several important absences, in particular because of the epidemic of covid-19 which affected several players (Gabriel Jesús, Kyle Walker or Ferran Torres, among others) and members of the technical staff.

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However, City did not feel the effects of the coronavirus last weekend, with their 3-1 win at Chelsea in the Premier League, and not now in their urban derby against United.

– One year later –

Manchester City continue their love affair with the ‘Carabao Cup’, the name of the English League Cup, a competition where they have won the title over the previous three seasons. It is just one hurdle away from winning a fourth consecutive crown at this tournament, something unprecedented since Liverpool in the 1980s.

“I know Carabao is not the Champions League, but winning it four times in a row would be amazing. I am impressed by the quality of my team, ”said Guardiola.

History repeated itself in relation to what happened last season, when City and United also met in the semi-finals and then in a home and away game where Josep Guardiola’s men also met. were the conquerors of the pulse.

Manchester United, who are tied on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, were knocked out in their second competition this season, after their disappointing Champions League farewells, where they failed to reach the round of 16. final.

On Saturday its continuity is played out in another tournament, the English Cup (FA Cup), where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face Watford (2nd division).

Solskjaer admitted on Wednesday that Manchester City are superior.

“We were closer this time than compared to the duel a year ago also in the semi-finals. It’s positive, but it was not enough, ”he lamented.

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Manchester City, who will be in the second round of the Champions League, also play the weekend in the FA Cup, in his case against Birmingham (2nd).

As Prime Minister, he is in a more low-key position, fifth, but he continues forward and with options on all fronts after his triumph on Wednesday.

bur-hap / dr / mcd

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