Carabao Cup Final will rekindle Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho’s iconic rivalry

Defending champions Manchester City have reached their fourth consecutive Carabao Cup final after clinching 2-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford on December 6. In this highly anticipated derby, City secured the victory with goals from John Stones (50’) and Fernandinho (83’). They are now all set to face Tottenham Hotspur in the final, who earlier defeated Brentford in the semis by 2-0 with goals from Heung-min Son and Moussa Sissoko.

This finale pairing also means that it is time for yet another classic Pep Guardiola Vs Jose Mourinho showdown. A rivalry that has spanned over three countries and countless trophies is no less than iconic. Although they tend to stay out of each other’s way these days, this final may bring their intense competition back to light. The rivalry between two of the best managers of their generation started when Mourinho moved to Real Madrid in 2010.

Untill now, they have faced each other 24 times. Guardiola holds the upper hand by winning 11 matches out of these encounters. Mourinho has seven wins to his name, but his record with Tottenham Hotspurs against Guardiola’s Man City has been terrific with two wins in two league games. If he continues to work on a similar gameplan, Mourinho’s men may stop Guardiola’s team from clinching their fourth consecutive title. Moreover, the final is crucial for Mourinho as looks to guide Spurs to first silverware since 2008.

This ultimate showdown between the English giants and two legendary football managers will take place at the Wembley Stadium, which has hosted the Carabao Cup final 14 times since 2008. The final generally takes place in February, but this season it has been rescheduled to April 25, 2021 due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

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