After Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, Son Heung-min let his emotions out.
Aymeric Laporte’s late second-half header was enough for Pep Guardiola’s side to win the League Cup for the fourth time in a row in front of an 8,000-strong crowd at Wembley Stadium.
Despite an improved second-half performance from Spurs, led by interim manager Ryan Mason, Son and his teammates were unable to break down City’s resolute defense and fell short of a major trophy for the second time.
And as City celebrated under the Wembley arch after Paul Tierney blew the full-time whistle, the South Korean could not hold back the tears.
Son was consoled by Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan after his team’s narrow loss.
Spurs manager Ryan Mason also expressed his disappointment after the club missed out on yet another cup victory.
‘I understand how you feel. It’s understandable that they’re in pain. It’s understandable because it demonstrates that they care.
‘And this group of players is extremely passionate about this football team.’ I believe we saw that today; they gave their everything, 100 percent dedication. We tried our hardest, but it wasn’t enough today, and that’s difficult to accept.
‘City are a fantastic team, but I believe our group of players gave everything they had with everything they had to deal with in just seven days, the lack of training, but they gave everything they had. That is an accomplishment to be proud of.
‘It’s disappointing to lose a cup final,’ says the player. We’re all in pain. I am, as are the players, the supporters, and everybody else affiliated with the football team. It’s a tough pill to swallow. Obviously, it is my responsibility as a coach to begin providing a forum for the players to begin training and planning.’
‘Pain It’s excruciating. I’ve sat in there as a player, I’ve played for this football club and lost a final, so I understand.’ Mason, who was only appointed on an interim basis after Jose Mourinho was fired on Tuesday, said.
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