Ryan Mason hurt by Tottenham’s Carabao Cup Final defeat but proud after players ‘gave everything’ vs Man City

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Ryan Mason said he was proud of his Tottenham players after they were outclassed by Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final.

Spurs went down 1-0 to Pep Guardiola’s champions-elect but the scoreline did not reflect City’s dominance in front of nearly 8,000 spectators at Wembley.

Aymeric Laporte’s 82nd-minute goal eventually broke Tottenham’s resolve and Mason, who lost the 2015 final with Spurs as a player, admitted there was a lot of pain in their dressing room afterwards.

“They are a great side, an incredible team but I think our group of players gave everything with what they have had to deal with in seven days, the lack of preparation but they gave everything, absolutely everything,” said the 29-year-old.

“That is something to be proud of.”

Heung-min Son was in tears at full-time while Eric Dier appeared to break down on the touchline while conducting a post-match interview with Spurs’s in-house TV channel.

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Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

“Pain – it hurts,” said Mason when asked for the mood in the dressing room.

“I’ve been sitting in there as a player, I’ve played for this football club and lost a final, I know what it’s like.

“I know that feeling. It’s normal that they’re hurting. It’s normal, because it shows that they care. And this group of players care deeply about this football club. I think we saw that today, they gave absolutely everything, 100 percent commitment. We tried, we tried, it wasn’t enough today, that’s tough to take.”

Laporte might have been sent off in the first half for two tactical fouls on Lucas Moura, only the second of which was punished with a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney.

“I thought the first one was an absolute certain yellow,” Mason said. “It's not the talking point because maybe he doesn't make the second foul if he's on a yellow?”

Mason was handed the head-coach job until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Monday, but he had not had a chance to consider whether he wanted more occasions like the final.

“I’ll be completely honest: my mind now is sad because of what just happened – I’m not thinking of five, six or seven weeks down the line or the next six months or the next year of what I plan to do, because you can’t in football,” he said.

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“You just have to be ready in the moment, and you have to live in the moment. And I’m going to do that for the next day, the next two days - my focus will be preparing this team for a big game next weekend. Once we’re on the training pitch, once we get them back out there, that’s my focus, and nothing else.

“Now we have to get over this and we have to accept it. We've got a massive week. A really big game next weekend.

“I think Wednesday was really important for the football club to get those three points and this weekend is a really huge game. Every Premier League game we're going to play in is going to be a big game.”

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