Manchester City have yet again won the Carabao/Carling/Worthington/Milk/League Cup, something that is quickly becoming an annual tradition.
This was the club's fourth successive triumph in the tournament, matching the mark set by Liverpool in the 1980s. They also matched the Merseyside team's overall tally of eight wins.
It was a game dominated by Guardiola's side, although they did find it difficult to make the breakthrough. Hugo Lloris made a number of excellent saves for Spurs, and as we entered the closing stages, there was a growing sense that City could have blown this one.
However, a late header from Aymeric Laporte was enough to secure the win.
LAPORTE HEADS CITY IN FRONT!
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City set some ridiculous records in the process. As mentioned above, this was a record-tying fourth consecutive League Cup for the club. Guardiola is the first manager to win the competition four times on the trot.
It was also a sixth winner's medal overall for Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero, making them the most successful players in the competition's history.
Six wins is certainly a remarkable tally, but you could argue Phil Foden's mark is even more impressive.
Despite being only 20-years old, this is fourth League Cup victory. That is a tally that only five clubs can better, summing up just how dominant Manchester City have been in this tournament in recent years.
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For Pep Guardiola, this marked a 14th win out of 15 cup finals during his career. It is also his seventh major trophy at Manchester City (along with two Community Shields).
The size of Manchester City's squad certainly gives them an advantage over their peers in this competition, with their second team matching most other first choice XIs in English football. Their class then usually tells in the latter stages of the cup.
This is unlikely to be their only trophy of the campaign. City look set to stroll to the Premier title in the coming weeks, while they also have the small matter of a Champions League semi-final against PSG to contend with.