Manchester City vs Tottenham EFL Cup LIVE Football Score 25 April 2021
At the end of a week like no other in football, Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. As the dust begins to settle on the remarkably rapid rise and fall of the European Super League, two of the complicit clubs go head to head in a fixture which at one stage seemed threatened by their potential involvement in the short-lived breakaway attempt.
As it is, 8,000 fans will grace Wembley for the first major cup final of the 2020-21 English football season, with Man City out to make history and Spurs looking to end a trophy drought which stretches back 13 years.
Usually scheduled for the end of February or early March, this season’s EFL Cup final has been pushed back specifically to allow fans back into the stadium and, in a week where the importance and influence of supporters has been underlined more firmly than ever, the return of 8,000 of them to Wembley will be welcomed by everyone in the game.
There is still bound to be some residual anger in the air from both sets of fans following the attempted Super League coup d’etat, and Sunday will give them the first chance to voice that during an actual match, but for the managers and players on both sides there is the business of winning a trophy to focus on.
For Spurs, that has been a rarity in recent seasons, and in a tumultuous week for football as a whole, they have typically added even more drama to events by sacking Jose Mourinho just six days before Sunday’s final.
Mourinho had become only the third manager to reach the final of this competition with three different clubs when Spurs beat Brentford in the semi-final in January, putting him on course to lift the trophy for a fifth time from just five finals.
However, if the past week has shown us anything it is how quickly things can move in football, and the near four-month gap since those semi-finals seems like a lifetime ago now.
When these two sides booked their place in the final they also sat level on points in the Premier League table; now there are 24 points separating them with Man City marching on to a possible treble and Spurs battling to salvage their season.
Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne could return for Manchester City as they face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
Striker Aguero has missed the last four games with a muscular injury while De Bruyne limped out of last week’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea with an ankle problem. Defender John Stones is suspended following his sending off against Aston Villa in midweek.
Man City vs Spurs team news
Manchester City are ever more confident that Kevin De Bruyne will be fit after being forced off in the FA Cup semi-final, but his involvement with Champions League semi-final on the horizon is certainly not guaranteed.
Phil Foden was a standout in De Bruyne’s absence against both Chelsea and Aston Villa and should start, though Pep Guardiola must make a decision on who to play and who to rest. Gabriel Jesus could get a run out with perhaps a false nine utilised against PSG.