Man City and Tottenham player ratings as Kevin de Bruyne shows ultimate class

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Manchester City needed a late Aymeric Laporte header to secure a fourth consecutive Carabao Cup win, beating Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley.

Pep Guardiola's side were forced to work for victory over Ryan Mason's side, with the Frenchman climbing highest to Kevin de Bruyne's 82nd-minute free kick.

It is the first silverware of the season for the Etihad Stadium side, sitting top of the Premier League with five games to go and a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

While some players rose to the occasion on the Wembley stage, others wilted under the limelight in front of the 8,000 specatators.

So here are Daily Star Sport's player ratings for City's victorious team and Spurs' defeated stars…

MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-4)

ZACK STEFFEN 7 – Could have had a picnic in the first half but stayed alert to make vital save at key time

KYLE WALKER 7 – Very vocal, barking orders and ordering his team-mates about. Stood tall

RUBEN DIAS 7 – Harshly gave away free kick for absolutely inch perfect slide tackle on Kane

AYMERIC LAPORTE 7 – Cup final hero. Threw his weight around and ended up scoring the vital goal.

JOAO CANCELO 7 – Could have scored in the first half. His movement caused problems for Spurs

ILKAY GUNDOGAN 6 – Subdued by his recent standards. Kept the ball moving but wasteful in front of goal

FERNANDINHO 6 – Always reliable in the big games. Did waste a couple of decent shooting opportunities though

RIYAD MAHREZ 7 – Absolutely terrified Sergio Reguilon but couldn’t hit the target in a hit and miss performance

KEVIN DE BRUYNE 9 – Created the breakthrough with a cracking delivery. His full range of passing was on show. Silky smooth

PHIL FODEN 7 – So slick. Everywhere for City pinging passes around, making darting runs and taking people on

RAHEEM STERLING 5 – Kept running up blind alleys but won the free kick for the breakthrough goal

Subs:

RODRI (for Fernandinho 84) – shut up shop

Ederson, Ake, Jesus, Aguero, Zinchenko, Silva, Torres, Mendy

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  • TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)

    HUGO LLORIS 7 – At his best with City on top. One fingertip save particularly good. A real leader.

    SERGE AURIER 5 – Showed his strength when Spurs were under siege but gave away free kick for goal.

    TOBY ALDERWEIRELD 8 – Put his body on the line blocking shots and played one or two pinpoint long balls too.

    ERIC DIER 7 – Under scrutiny with his England place in jeopardy. Never looks flustered and stuck to his task well.

    SERGIO REGUILON 3 – Endured an absolute nightmare, running around like a headless chicken and making bad decisions

    PIERRE-EMILE HOJBJERG 6 – Swamped at times in midfield and stood off far too much when he should have been pressing

    HARRY WINKS 5 – Totally anonymous chasing shadows for much of the game. Never got to grips with it

    LUCAS MOURA 6 – Broke forward with pace whenever he could but was fighting a losing battle

    GIOVANI LO CELSO 7 – Had a brilliant shot saved and was his usual spiky self getting under people’s skin

    HEUNG-MIN SON 5 – A quiet game with much of best work done defensively as Spurs clung on

    HARRY KANE 6 – Barely touched the ball for long spells and was clearly half fit. But never stopped trying

    Subs:

    GARETH BALE (for Moura 67) 6 – Struggled to get going

    MOUSSA SISSOKO (for Lo Celso 67) 6 – Lost his man for goal

    DELE ALLI (for Hojbjerg 84) – A rare run-out

    STEVEN BERGWIJN (for Aurier 90)

    Hart, Sanchez, Lamela, Tanganga, Ndombele

    REFEREE:

    Paul Tierney 6

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