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‘No fight, no courage’ – Jamie Carragher slams Tottenham duo after Man City loss

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Jamie Carragher has taken aim at Tottenham full-backs Serge Aurier and Sergio Reguilon for their poor performances in the side’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City and says the whole team lacked ‘courage’ and ‘fight’ at Wembley.

Ryan Mason’s side managed to soak up large periods of City dominance while offering little in attack and the match looked on course for extra-time before Aymeric Laporte directed home Kevin De Bruyne’s 82nd-minute free-kick with a powerful header.

Pep Guardiola’s men held firm to lift the trophy for a fourth year running and their latest triumph saw them go level with Liverpool on eight League Cups as the competition’s most successful club.

Tottenham’s bold decision to dismiss Jose Mourinho just days before the final was widely questioned by fans and pundits alike and Carragher – speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football – admitted it was a ‘strange’ call from chairman Daniel Levy given the timing.

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But the former Liverpool and England defender stressed that Spurs’ players had to take responsibility for ‘basically bottling it’ yet again when they had a chance to end their miserable 13-year wait for silverware.

‘This has nothing to do with Ryan Mason at all. This is a group of players who really lack courage and basically bottled it in the final. Forget losing but it’s how they went about it,’ Carragher said.

‘A lot of people are talking about if Jose was in charge. Yes I thought it was a strange decision but this was on the players.

‘In this job I do a lot of people and pundits say “typical Spurs”, “Spursy” and “they’re weak” and I fight against that because I think it’s lazy punditry.

‘In the job I do I’ve seen some brilliant Spurs teams. Not won the league, not won the Champions League but if I’m being totally honest, I never really expect them to.

‘But what I saw under [Mauricio] Pochettino was outstanding, what I saw under Harry Redknapp for two or three years was outstanding as well.

‘The reason people speak about them in those terms is because of games like this. In the last four cup finals they haven’t scored a goal and this performance is why they’re stuck with this tag.’

Carragher was less than impressed with Harry Winks’ negative play in the opening stages of the clash and then went to town on Aurier’s suspect showing, whose foul on Raheem Sterling led to Laporte’s goal.

Dissecting an earlier City attack down Aurier’s flank, Carragher said: ‘This man [Aurier]. Raheem Sterling is on his weak foot and crossing and City are a team that don’t have a centre-forward, let’s not forget.

‘Aurier, who is maybe one of the biggest liabilities in Premier League football. He’s a player who would possibly put you off management with the amount of crazy decisions he makes and we know what happened for the goal.

‘He ends up running off the pitch and ends up allowing Sterling on that right foot which is the worst thing you can do and they almost get the goal.’

Carragher then moved on to Spurs’ £27million summer arrival Reguilion, who he felt was ‘shocking’ across the 90 minutes at left-back.

‘I mentioned the full-back before but this guy… [Reguilion] he was awful,’ he said discussing another City opportunity in the first half.

‘He was shocking in the game.

‘He actually thinks he’s getting tight to [Rihad] Mahrez. His mates come back and help him.

‘Standing off him. No fight, no courage.’


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