How to watch the English League Cup final in the US: Live stream from Manchester City v Tottenham | Time, television, channel
Manchester City will face Tottenham in the English League Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Sunday 25 April 2021 (25/04/21).
Here’s what you need to know:
What: English League Cup Final
who: Manchester City v Tottenham
When: Sunday April 25, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m.ET
Or: Wembley Stadium
TV: N / A
Direct: ESPN +
If the end came sooner than usual for Jose Mourinho, the way it was all too familiar.
Locker room apathy and growing disillusionment with his tactics cost Mourinho his last English Premier League job, with Tottenham sacking the Portuguese coach on Monday after 17 months at the London club.
This is Mourinho’s shortest spell at a club since he burst into big time as a skillful and self-confident Porto coach at the turn of the century.
Unusually for a man who has since been a trophy-streak winner, Mourinho leaves north London without having captured silverware – also a first since those days in Porto.
That could have changed on Sunday, when Tottenham face Manchester City in the English League Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
Mourinho won’t have that chance now.
“Jose and his coaching staff have lived with us some of our most difficult times as a club,” Tottenham president Daniel Levy said in a statement announcing the departure of Mourinho, whose contract was to last until ‘at the end of 2022-23. season.
“Jose is a true professional who has shown tremendous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level, I enjoyed working with him and I regret that things did not work out the way we both envisioned.
One of the best known, dearest and most experienced coaches in world football has come out. A 29-year-old rookie comes to Ryan Mason, who was in charge of Tottenham academy.
Mason had to retire from the game in 2018 on medical advice after failing to fully recover from a fractured skull following a head clash in a Premier League game the previous year.
Mason is temporarily taking charge of a club whose bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League has collapsed – Tottenham collapsed to seventh place in the Premier League, five points behind fourth West Ham – but whose high status is such that it is among the 12 teams registered to be part of a Controversial Super League breakaway.
It’s the kind of stage Mourinho expects to coach on. But there are now major doubts about his credibility as a top manager.
Certainly, any club that is considering hiring him should consider whether it is worth it.
Mourinho was hired in November 2019 to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who unexpectedly led Tottenham to the Champions League final before the team collapsed the following season.
It was a date that immediately divided the fan base, given Mourinho’s footballing style and the tendency for his tenures to collapse.
A sixth place finish last season was acceptable considering he only had six months to mark his authority over a team that was in the middle of the table when he arrived. And when Mourinho led Tottenham to first place nine games this season – thanks to a 2-0 win over Manchester City in November – he seemed to have the magic touch again, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sharing a powerful partnership. front.
Gareth Bale had recently returned to the club on a one-season loan from Real Madrid and Mourinho’s other main summer signing, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, looked confident as a midfielder.
But discontent over his tactics and man-handling methods has resurfaced in recent months as Tottenham slipped from Champions League places to the Premier League and were knocked out of the Europa League in the round of 16 after a surprising loss. 3-0 in the second leg. at Dinamo Zagreb.
Unusually for Mourinho, his side have proven unable to maintain a lead, with no team dropping more points (20) from winning positions this season than Tottenham.
Mourinho’s last game at the helm turned out to be a 2-2 draw at Everton on Friday, when Kane hampered in stoppage time with an ankle injury that could rule him out of the cup final on Sunday .
At that point, Tottenham were playing with no obvious identity or defensive robustness, while confidence in Mourinho among the players could not have been helped by a throwaway remark he made after a 2-2 draw at Newcastle, where the Spurs again conceded a late goal.
When asked why Tottenham couldn’t defend a lead, Mourinho replied: “Same coach, different players.”
The end was eerily like his final days at Chelsea (his second spell of 2013-15) and Manchester United, where he fell out with players who apparently no longer played for him.
Ten Premier League defeats this season are the biggest in a single league campaign by a side led by Mourinho.
Kane tweeted his thanks to Mourinho after the news of the Portuguese coach’s departure was announced, saying: “A pleasure to have worked together. I wish you all the best for your next chapter. “
It remains to be seen whether this will ever happen again in the Premier League.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)