Jamie Carragher explains why Tottenham ’embarrassed’ their fans in final defeat

Jamie Carragher has laid into Tottenham for their lack of "courage" in the Carabao Cup final and compared them to a team "fighting relegation".

Spurs were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Manchester City via a late Aymeric Laporte header in a game where the scoreline perhaps flattered the London club, who were overrun throughout.

The defeat prolongs their painful wait for a major trophy, which now stretches to more than 13 years, but Carragher refused to get on board with the 'Spursy' tag attached to the team by their supporters, insisting he has seen some "outstanding" football from the club in that time.

However, he felt they were more than deserving of being deemed "soft" and "weak" – a criticism levied at them previously – after "bottling" the big occasion on Sunday.

"This has nothing to do with Ryan Mason at all," he told Sky Sports' Monday Night Football . "This group of players at Spurs are a group who really lack courage, and basically bottled it in the final.

"Forget about losing the final, you don't expect them to win against Manchester City, but it was how they went about it.

"A lot of people say, 'typical Spurs, they're Spursy, they're weak'. I fight against that because it's lazy punditry.

"But the reason people speak about Spurs in those terms is because of games like the Carabao Cup final. In their last four cup finals they haven't scored a goal, and this most recent performance is why they get stuck with the 'Spursy' tag."

Carragher pointed out several examples where Spurs had played out from the back into good areas but retreated towards their own goal rather than take the initiative and play forward.

When they did opt to try and pick out the likes of Harry Kane, it was a long ball out of desperation from their centre-backs, who had run out of options for a short pass due to their teammates unwillingness to provide an angle.

And even when they did launch a hopeful pass forward, Man City's defenders swept it up with ease as they were left largely unchallenged.

"The manager picked a midfield – Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – to try and play through the middle but there was no courage, they didn't want the ball and took the easy option time and again," Carragher explained.

" Tottenham were criticised for playing too much at the back, but every time they went forward and went direct they lost the challenge. What could the manager do?"

The stats were particularly damning, with Spurs' percentage of long passes in the game (17.7%) more in line with the teams battling for survival at the bottom of the Premier League (15-19%).

"They played like one of the teams fighting relegation," concluded Carragher. "That's what should embarrass them – not their manager, but their actual players."

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