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Aymeric Laporte hails "superb" Manchester City win

Aymeric Laporte hails
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The Frenchman nodded home a winner 10 minutes from time.

Match-winner Aymeric Laporte was delighted to make the decisive contribution as Manchester City clinched a fourth successive League Cup win.

The Frenchman, whom Tottenham felt could have been sent off earlier in the game, nodded in from a corner 10 minutes from time at Wembley as City beat Spurs 1-0 to claim a Carabao Cup final victory their superiority fully deserved.

Laporte told Sky Sports: "We are so happy to win this title again. We lost in the FA Cup, so it is something good for us to get confidence and to keep going like we have done in the last few months.

"We have been so, so good and we have to keep this rhythm, this way to win more titles."

Laporte added: "It was difficult because they (Tottenham) are a good team. It's never easy to play against a team like that. Today, we were superb.

"We did very well, so we are very happy to win today and to win this trophy as well."

Man of the match Riyad Mahrez praised City's focus in a tight contest.

Riyad Mahrez and Tottenham's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg battle for the ball
Riyad Mahrez and Tottenham's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg battle for the ball (Adam Davy/PA)

He said: "It was a tough game – we knew it was going to be tough. We stayed focused, we kept dominating, we kept passing the ball and then scored. I think we deserved to win today.

"Obviously you are always scared because they are a good team, but we were very confident in our game and it's a very good win. We get the trophy again and we are very happy."

Asked why the club were so dominant in the competition, Mahrez added: "I don't know. Like the manager said, we just focus in every competition we play.

"Today was a final – in finals, you have to win. Whether you play good or not, you have to win, and today we played good and we won."

For midfielder Fernandinho, it was a sixth League Cup success, but a first as captain.

He said: "I feel very good. It's the first time I've lifted a trophy at City, so it's an amazing sensation.

"We deserved to win that game today because we went from the first minute to try to score a goal, created some chances and, at the end of the road, the game has been decided by a set-piece."

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
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· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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