Jamie Carragher SLAMT Tottenham’s players for lack of ‘backbone’ and ‘courage’ in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Man City, but insists Ryan Mason is NOT responsible for Wembley’s loss … as the expert claims that they have lived up to ‘Spursy’ slogan
- Tottenham was defeated 1-0 by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday
- Ryan Mason’s side only created two shots on target compared to City’s 21 attempts
- Jamie Carragher claimed Spurs lacked ‘courage’ and ‘backbone’ in the final
- The Sky Sports pundit also claimed that Tottenham honored their ‘Spursy’ slogan
- Carragher also targeted left back Sergi Reguilon for a “horrible, shocking” game
Jamie Carragher claims the Tottenham players were only to blame for their final defeat in the Carabao Cup against Manchester City because they lacked ‘backbone’ and ‘courage’.
Spurs were dominated by Pep Guardiola’s side throughout the Sunday final at Wembley – the North Londoners collected just two shots throughout the game and tested goalkeeper Zack Steffen once – but lost only 1-0 thanks to Aymeric Laporte’s late header. .
It was the second game of interim head coach Ryan Mason in charge of the club following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal last Monday, but Carragher refused to blame the 29-year-old rookie head coach for Tottenham’s failure at Wembley.
Jamie Carragher claimed the Tottenham players lacked ‘backbone’ and ‘courage’ in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City
Spurs collected just two shots on target in the Wembley final, which City won 1-0 late
Speaking of the final, the former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports: ‘This has nothing to do with Ryan Mason. This is a group of players who really lack courage and basically bottled them in the finals.
‘Forget to lose – you don’t expect them to win from Manchester City – that’s how they went. A lot of people talked about whether Jose was in charge. Yes, I thought it was a strange decision (to fire Mourinho) but this is up to the players.
“In this job that I do, a lot of people and experts say,” typical Spurs, Spursy, they’re weak “and I’m fighting that because I think it’s lazy punditry.
‘I’ve seen some brilliant Spurs teams. I didn’t win the Premier League, didn’t win the Champions League, but if I’m completely honest I wouldn’t expect that. They were excellent under (Mauricio) Pochettino for three or four years, under (Harry) Redknapp for two or three years they were also excellent.
Carragher told Sky Sports that Spurs were living up to their ‘Spursy’ and mentally frail slogan
But when Spurs fans get mad at terms like these, it’s because of games like these. They have not scored a goal in the last four cup finals. And for games like this, they are tied to this tag. I cannot argue for it and Spurs fans cannot argue for it. ‘
Carragher claimed the Tottenham players did not show enough courage to get the ball against Premier League leaders Manchester City, who themselves created 21 shots on target and enjoyed a dominant first half.
The Sky Sports pundit also slapped Sergi Reguilon for his ‘awful’ and ‘shocking’ showing as a left back against Riyad Mahrez, who enjoyed the ball a lot on the right.
The former Liverpool defender even claimed that this was the worst first half in a cup final since his Reds side went 3-0 to AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul.
The ex-Liverpool defender refused to blame Spurs interim coach Ryan Mason (left) for the loss
Carragher also slammed defender Sergi Reguilon for ‘terrible’ and ‘shocking’ match in defense
On the gruesome display of Spurs, Carragher added, “ We’re talking the basics of football, show it up, have a little bit of backbone, have a little bit of courage.
What can the manager do? How can this team play? They don’t want the ball to get to the feet and they don’t win challenges. Reguilon was awful, shocking in the game. He thought he was getting close to Mahrez. No struggle, no courage.
‘I have never seen a team so lucky in that first half, so come to 0-0 at half time. There was a plan (from Mason) to keep them from hitting balls down the middle and going long.
They played as a team fighting against relegation. They didn’t have the courage to get the ball. ‘