Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Mabbutt believes that the club can use the Carabao Cup final as a huge springboard if they win the competition, in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
Spurs, led by Ryan Mason in what will be his second match in charge, face Manchester City this weekend in their first final since they lost to Liverpool in the Champions League showpiece at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
The club, of course, have not won a trophy since 2008, with that triumph also coming in the League Cup, as Spurs beat Chelsea at Wembley.
This final comes against a remarkable City side who have been superb this season; they look set to win the Premier League, while they are very much in contention for the treble after reacing the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Mabbutt has pointed to the fact that Spurs have repeatedly reached the final hurdle, only failing to jump over it, as they also reached various semi-finals under Mauricio Pochettino, along with reaching the final of the League Cup, and finishing second in the Premier League.
And he thinks that winning the trophy could well unlock something within these Spurs players.
He told FFC: “For us, we are looking at that game as being a catalyst.
“We have got a group of players that have been, so many times over the last two or three years getting to the final hurdle, but not quite getting over it.
“And I think a victory in the Carabao Cup would prove to everybody, but certainly to the players what they can achieve.”
Spurs and City have played each other twice this season, most recently at the Etihad Stadium in a game that Pep Guardiola’s side won 3-0.
However, Spurs beat them 2-0 at home and Mabbutt believes that a similar game-plan to that victory would give the club their first competition victory in 13 years.
He added: “Looking at the performance when we played Manchester City at home earlier in the season, when we denied them space, we got eleven players behind the ball, we did not allow them to play their free flowing football, we frustrated them, and then on the counter attack, with our incredible counter-attacking abilities and potential from our players, we destroyed them defensively and won the game 2-0.
“Well, I say to the Man City fans that I’m certainly hoping for a similar result.”