Aymeric Laporte’s late header saw Manchester City break down a resilient Tottenham to win a fourth consecutive Carabao Cup at Wembley.
The Frenchman met Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick powerfully to nod beyond Hugo Lloris in the 82nd minute, capping a dominant City display.
Pep Guardiola’s side hardly let Spurs into their half in the first 45 minutes, during which Phil Foden went closest to an opener by forcing a super last-ditch block from Toby Alderweireld.
The result shows Manchester City have now equalled Liverpool record of four consecutive Carabao Cup victory. Pep Guardiola has now won seven trophies with the club.
Recall Liverpool between 1981 and 1984 won four consecutive Carabao Cups matches. Man City have also equalled Liverpool record of eight Carabao cup wins.
City’s late victory also broke Tottenham hearts – leaving Son Heung-min in tears and Spurs’ wait for a first trophy since 2008 lingers.
Wingers Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez – who gave Tottenham’s full-backs a torrid evening – also went close to breaking the deadlock before Paul Tierney brought the first half to a close.
Tottenham grew into the match after the interval and Giovani Lo Celso called City goalkeeper Zack Steffen into action for the first time with a curling effort from the edge of the area.
Spurs continued to have joy on the counter-attack and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg should have done much better than pass the ball out of play when finding himself with time in the box just after the hour mark.
Approaching the final 20 minutes, however, City reasserted their dominance and Mahrez stung Lloris’ palms with an effort from just outside the area.
De Bruyne’s pinpoint delivery in the 82nd minute teed-up Laporte to head home the winner.