Dimitar Berbatov pinpoints what Tottenham must do to beat Man City in final
Dimitar Berbatov insists Tottenham should forget about trying to play ‘beautiful football’ against Manchester City and do anything they can to lift the Carabao Cup on Sunday.
Spurs have not won a trophy since 2008 with Ryan Mason looking to end that long wait for silverware in his first week in the job.
The 29-year-old has taken temporary charge of the club following Jose Mourinho’s departure on Monday and is faced with the task of stopping a City side still chasing down three trophies this season.
Tottenham are just one of five teams to have beaten City this term and if they are to repeat that trick at Wembley this weekend, Berbatov believes his former side must take a page out of Mourinho’s book.
‘I don’t care about beautiful football on that particular day,’ Berbatov told Metro.co.uk.
‘I just care for Spurs to win it. It doesn’t matter how, it doesn’t matter which way. Just get the result done. It’s the most important game in the world. Even park the bus, the old way! Take the result.’
The Betfair Ambassador continued: ‘We all speak of how Spurs need a trophy. And Spurs know that. I hope they will do everything possible, it doesn’t matter the way they play, just get the result.
‘It’s not going to be easy. But don’t make mistakes. And for God’s sake. if you take the lead, keep it! That’s very important.’
Tottenham have dropped 18 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season with only Brighton (20) letting more slip.
Berbatov insists Tottenham must shake off any fear factor that might come with taking the lead if they are to keep City at bay.
Tottenham’s route to the Carabao Cup final
Spurs were given a bye after their opposition were unable to field a team with a number of their players testing positive for Covid.
Erik Lamela scored a late equaliser for Jose Mourinho’s side before Mason Mount missed the decisive penalty in the shootout.
Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane were all on target as the Premier League side ran out comfortable winners at the Britannia.
Moussa Sissoko scored a rare goal to help Spurs progress at the expense of the Championship side who had Josh Dasilva sent off for a shocking challenge
‘Concentrate and stay concentrated for 90 minutes and more if needed to. If you take the lead, keep it.
‘Don’t start thinking ‘Oh my God it is happening again’. It’s a bad habit. Don’t think about it. And just win it. Hopefully it’s the step to winning things more regularly.’
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