December 4, 2023

Roy Keane is adamant Tottenham Hotspur will not be fearful of Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final because of how Jose Mourinho will set up his team.

City were confirmed as Spurs‘ opponents for the final – that is due to take place on Sunday, April 25 – after beating their neighbours Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Goals from John Stones and Fernandinho were enough for Pep Guardiola’s side on the night.

Mourinho and Guardiola have already come head-to-head this season, with the former getting the better of his long-term rival.

Spurs won 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium via a Son Heung-min strike and a goal from Giovani Lo Celso back in the latter stages of November.

It was a game that saw Mourinho set up his Tottenham team to play very deep against a City side that loves to keep possession.

Spurs were then able to utilise their attacking prowess on the break, something that Manchester United legend Keane believes will be apparent when these two sides meet in just over three months’ time at Wembley.

Speaking on Sky Sports, the former United captain said: “Brilliant, I think it’s a great final. I think it’s exciting with City’s record in the competition, Pep and obviously Jose – it’s brilliant.

“It’s set up for a great game. Spurs obviously have a number of years without a trophy, it should be a fantastic game.

“Spurs won’t be fearful of playing Man City. Jose will set up for it in terms of playing on the counter-attack which they’ve done previously and got results against them.

“They’ll have no fear, they have the attacking duo of Son and Kane who fancy their chances against anybody. We talk about Pep’s CV, look at Mourinho’s CV – absolutely fantastic.”

Like Keane, his pundit colleague, Micah Richards, believes the game is set up to be a fantastic encounter.

Mourinho receives a lot of criticism for his, at times, defensive style of play, but Richards has been lauding the Portuguese coach.

The ex-Man City defender said: “I’m a big fan of Mourinho, I always have been. Tactically, he’s very good, I know people say he plays defensive, but it’s got the ambition for a great game. I can’t wait.”

Spurs will have an opportunity to win their first bit of competitive silverware since their 2008 League Cup triumph, back when Juande Ramos was in charge.

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