Jamie Carragher accused Tottenham of lack of courage and “filling” the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
City completely dominated Tottenham in all departments as they traveled to their fourth consecutive League Cup triumph with a 1-0 win at Wembley on Sunday as Spurs ’13-year wait for the silver continued.
Tostenham’s fearless performance was highlighted by an expected score of just 0.06; only one team in a Premier League game this season scored lower – West Brom in a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa in December.
The way of the defeat was a striking blow for the young interim manager Ryan Mason, who took responsibility for only the second senior match since he replaced Jose Mourinho, but Carragher is convinced that the blame belongs to the Tottenham players.
“This has nothing to do with Ryan Mason at all,” he told Monday Night Football. “This group of players in the Spurs is a group that really doesn’t have the courage and basically put it in the finals. Forget about losing the finals, you don’t expect them to win against Manchester City, but that was how they did it.
“A lot of people say, ‘typical Spurs, they’re Spursy, they’re weak.’ I fight it because it’s a lazy science. I’ve seen some brilliant Spurs teams; what I saw under Mauricio Pochettino was extraordinary, I saw for two years that Harry Redknapp was remarkable.
“But the reason people talk about the Spurs that way is because of games like the Carabao Cup final. They haven’t scored a goal in their last four Cup finals, and this latest appearance is the reason they’re stuck with the Spurs tag.
“I can’t argue against that, and neither can the fans at the back of the game at Wembley, which depended on the players.
“The manager chose the middle – Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – to try to play through the middle, but there was no courage, they didn’t want the ball and they performed the easy option again.
“Tottenham were resented for playing too much in the back, but every time they went ahead and lost directly to the challenge. What could the manager do?
“That performance in the first half? I’ve never felt in my life that any team was so lucky that the half went to zero.”
According to the statistics he discovered MNF team, Tottenham have averaged just 11.2 percent passes this season.
But on Sunday against City, that figure was 17.7 percent – comparable to the highest percentage of any club in the Premier League this term, Burnley’s 18.9 percent.
“They played as one of the teams fighting relegation,” Carragher concluded. “It should embarrass them – not their manager, but their real players.
“Forget Ryan Mason. There was a plan to play from behind and mix it up. There was a plan to stop City when he got the ball, not letting them go through the center. But they didn’t have the courage to take the ball and let their goalkeeper and center backs go long . “
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