Manchester City and Tottenham face off in the Carabao Cup final this weekend following a hugely difficult week for both.
Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho on Monday following a poor run of form at the club and Ryan Mason has been placed in interim charge for the rest of the season.
Both City and Spurs have also been caught up in the European Super League scandal, committing to the controversial breakaway competition before ultimately pulling out following a fierce backlash.
Both clubs have plenty to answer to with their fans now and will meet at Wembley in the rearrange EFL Cup final this weekend.
And for all the ill-feeling off the field this week, this match should provide a welcome escape and a shot at silverware.
City have won this competition three years on the bounce and on five occasions in the last seven seasons.
This cup also provided Tottenham with their last trophy having beaten Chelsea in the 2008 final.
It will likely be a day of high drama and emotion under the Wembley arch and talkSPORT will be in attendance to bring you it all…
Route to the final
- Round 3 – beat Bournemouth 2-1
- Round 4 – beat Burnley 3-0
- Quarter-final – beat Arsenal 4-1
- Semi-final – beat Manchester United 2-0
- Round 3 – received a bye against Leyton Orient due to COVID-19 implications
- Round 4 – beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties (1-1 normal time)
- Quarter-final – beat Stoke 3-1
- Semi-final – beat Brentford 2-0
Man City v Tottenham: How to listen
The cup final will be held on Sunday, April 25 and will kick-off at Wembley at 4:30pm.
The match was originally set to take place on February 28 but was rearranged to have fans in attendance.
There will be 8,000 supporters at Wembley – the most at an outdoor sporting event in the UK since the first coronavirus lockdown in March last year.
Full coverage from Wembley will be live on talkSPORT, with our extended pre-match build-up starting at 1pm.
Mark Saggers will be your host and commentary will come from Sam Matterface, Stuart Pearce, and Ally McCoist.
Before our main coverage at 3pm, Ade Oladipo will host the Sunday Session live from BoxPark Wembley to build up to the big game.
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Man City v Tottenham: Team news
City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who suffered an ankle injury in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea, is a major doubt.
John Stones will be suspended for the final following his straight red card against Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Sergio Aguero is hoping to prove his fitness after a stint out with a muscular problem.
Cup goalkeeper Zack Steffen is expected to start over first choice Ederson once again.
Tottenham star Harry Kane faces a race against time to be fit for the match.
The England captain suffered an ankle injury in Mourinho’s last game in charge at Everton and did not train at the start of the week or make the squad for their win over Southampton in midweek.
Matt Doherty is back in contention but Ben Davies is still out.
Man City v Tottenham: What has been said?
Man City boss Pep Guardiola insists all he can do is help his team try to win every game they play following a difficult week for the Premier League elite.
He said: “I am pretty sure the players will be ready like they have been.
“In this business we have, the most honest and best are the players. The rest…the only ones we can trust to make us happy and enjoy good moments in our lives are the players.
“It’s a business, of course, but there’s a lot of feeling behind.
“But the Champions League, of course you have to improve. A long time ago when I started playing football just the champions played the Champions League. Just one team. Now we have four.
“Now the competition is much better than before. Okay, we play more games.
“Maybe in the future there’s another way to play this competition. Society goes forward and intentions are completely different.
“But we have to create it altogether. And altogether you have to agree that when you play on the field and beat the opponents, you deserve to be there. If not, you have to improve.
“If not, it’s another sport, another game, and that cannot be possible.”