Jamie Carragher has blamed Tottenham players for their Carabao Cup final defeat at the hands of Manchester City – but slammed pundits for previous ‘lazy’ comments.
The former Liverpool and England defender spoke about the 1-0 loss at Wembley while on Monday Night Football – and disagreed that it was 'typical Spurs’.
The north London side have not won a major trophy since 2008, losing in four finals since then including the Champions League showpiece against Liverpool in 2018/19.
Carragher’s comments seem to be an indirect dig at Roy Keane, who has hit out at the ‘DNA’ of Spurs on more than one occasion during their trophy-less period.
Back in June of 2020, former Republic of Ireland midfielder Keane said: ”In that DNA with Spurs.
“There’s still a weakness to them, there’s still a softness to them."
Adding a month later: “That’s in Tottenham’s DNA, they will constantly disappoint you.
"The table doesn’t lie, ninth, that’s where they deserve to be.”
Carragher said: "In this job I do, a lot of people, a lot of pundits, say 'typical Spurs', 'Spursy', 'they're weak'. I fight against that. The reason being is because I think it's lazy punditry. I do. In the job I've been doing I've seen some brilliant Spurs teams.
"Not won the league, not won the Champions League. But being totally honest I haven’t expected them to.
"What we saw under [Mauricio] Pochettino for three years was outstanding. What I saw under Harry Redknapp for two, three years was outstanding as well."
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He continued: "This [defeat] has nothing to do with Ryan Mason. At all. This is a group of players who really lack courage and basically bottled it in the final. Forget losing.
“They weren't expected to win against Man City but how they went about it. But when Spurs fans get upset the reason people speak about them in them terms is because of games like this.
"The last four cup finals they haven't scored a goal. And this performance is basically why they're stuck with this tag.
"And I can't argue for them. And Spurs fans can't argue for them on the back of this performance. It is on the players. Nothing to do with the manager."
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