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Carabao Cup

Preview: Carabao Cup Final

Get set for Sunday's big match at Wembley Stadium!

25 April 2021

The 2021 Carabao Cup Final will see Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head for the chance to lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium.

Here are some of the key details ahead of the match...

The 2021 Carabao Cup Final will be played on Sunday 25 April (kick-off 4:30pm), and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Supporters can also follow live updates via @Carabao_Cup on Twitter.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that goalkeeper Zach Steffen will start at Wembley Stadium, while striker Sergio Aguero will hope to follow suit in what could be his last League Cup Final, having scored in last season's Final. Meanwhile, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne faces a race to be fit for the match following a recent injury, but has trained in the week.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is also a doubt for the Final after suffering a recent ankle injury against Everton, while defender Matt Doherty is back in training following a knock during international duty. Fellow full-back Ben Davies is continuing his return to fitness.
Manchester City remain in with a chance of securing an historic treble in 2020/21, having reached the Premier League summit, as well as the last four of the UEFA Champions League, alongside their place in the Final. Sunday's match will see them bid to win this competition for a fourth consecutive season, and draw level with Liverpool as its most successful club. Domestically, City were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Semi-Final stage just last week, but remain clear favourites to claim another top-flight title.
Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to end a 13-year wait for silverware with victory in the Final, with the League Cup their most recent trophy back in 2008. Spurs were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League at the last 16 stage and the FA Cup at the Fifth Round stage earlier this season, and parted company with manager Jose Mourinho at the beginning of the week. With just a handful of league games remaining in 2020/21, they have an outside chance of claiming a place in the top four under Ryan Mason, who was recently named Interim Manager.
Both sides secured league wins in midweek by a 2-1 scoreline, beating Aston Villa and Southampton respectively.

Despite their obvious attacking threat, Manchester City's defence has caught the eye in recent months, with John Stones forming a strong partnership with Ruben Dias in central defence. Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is enjoying a season to remember, while last season's Alan Hardaker Trophy winner Phil Foden has become an integral part of the City attack.
Harry Kane is just one of several high-profile attacking players at Tottenham Hotspur's disposal, and has formed a fantastic relationship with Heung-min Son this season. The duo have often proven too hot to handle in 2020/21, while Gareth Bale is no stranger to the big occasion and can always provide a spark. Midfield duo Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have also had standout individual campaigns.


Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistant Referees: Lee Betts and Constantine Haztidakis
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Andre Marriner
AVAR: Adrian Holmes
Full details can be found here.
Joao Cancelo: "The Carabao Cup is important for us, and to win would mean a lot to us. I want to win as much as possible and do it for those who support me.”
Fernandinho: "Winning this Final is important to the team. To win would be special, of course, but we are ready, we are prepared and the aim in simple; we try our best to win the game.”
Ben Davies: "This is a game we have been waiting for, it’s a big chance for us to try to get some silverware and we’ve put ourselves in the best possible position to do that."
Harry Kane: “To have that feeling, to lift a first trophy with Spurs... it would be a truly incredible moment and one I’d never forget.”

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