Man City, Spurs Focus On League Cup

By | April 24, 2021

LONDON: Manchester City, who are chasing three titles, will face Tottenham who are desperate to end a championship drought in the League Cup final when the two failed European Super League members meet at Wembley tomorrow.

Only after seven days of revelation that City and Tottenham are among 12 clubs planning to split to create the Super League, will they compete for the first major trophy in England.

After receiving severe protests, City owners from Abu Dhabi became among the first to withdraw last Tuesday.

City’s departure sparked a reaction that saw Tottenham withdraw followed by other Premier League teams involving Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

The tournament was buried just 48 hours after its launch.

Despite being overshadowed by various problems, the League Cup will once again be the focus for the two Super League founders this weekend.

For City manager Pep Guardiola and Tottenham acting manager Ryan Mason, their target is for players to focus on the pitch rather than the problem bothering the team.

After beating Aston Villa 2-1 last Wednesday, City need just eight points in five league games to win the league title for the third time in four seasons.

Early next Thursday morning, they will face Paris Saint-Germain in the first semi-final of the Champions League.

“We deserve to be there. The final all teams want to win and we will go to London to play well and win the title,” Guardiola said.

“The match against Aston Villa shows we are ready and we will be ready for Sunday.”

There was good news for Guardiola yesterday when Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who was injured last week in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and Argentine striker Sergio Aguero were both fit and back in training.

Tottenham will arrive at Wembley after seeing Jose Mourinho sacked on Monday, just a day after Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury.