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Hugo Lloris calls on Spurs to "save the season" with EFL Cup win

Hugo Lloris calls on Spurs to
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Spurs, under Ryan Mason, will take on Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris says his side can still save their season by winning the Carabao Cup on Sunday.

Spurs, who sacked manager Jose Mourinho earlier this week, take on Manchester City at Wembley trying to land their first trophy since 2008.

Winning silverware would go some way to making up for what has been a poor season, with a Premier League title challenge wilting into a race to get into the top four and an embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.

But if Spurs can finally get over the line in a showpiece event, following a League Cup final defeat in 2015 and the Champions League final loss in 2019, Lloris says they will have repaired some of the damage.

"There is still a chance of a European place next season in the league. Before that, we need to win all the games," the France captain said.

"Then, a trophy is always welcome, especially after many years without a trophy at the club.

"It will not change the feeling of the season because we had so many ups and downs, but we can save the season, yes, of course.

"We can save the season and obviously to finish in a good way will help the confidence of the players of the club next season."

Spurs hope the appointment of Ryan Mason, a 29-year-old former midfielder, can help galvanise the club in pursuit of their ambitions before the end of the season.

Mason, who has only been coaching for two years, has been thrown in at the deep end and will come up against Pep Guardiola and one of the best teams in Europe.

But Mason believes his side should not be discounted, even if Harry Kane is ruled out with an injury.

"He's a great manager, he's one of the best in the world, there's no doubting that," he said. "He's been at City for a while now, so he's got that as well.

"They've got a lot of familiar faces within their set-up, they know how they play. But we're Tottenham and I'm sure they'll be thinking of us as well.

"This is about Tottenham, this is about the football club, this is about the group of players, our fans, everyone.

"This isn't about me, my ego, me going up against Pep. This is Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City.

"I'm sure we'll be doing all we can to get the better of them and likewise they'll be doing the same for us.

"But it's a cup final, we've seen over the years, one-off games, anything can happen. We'll go there believing, with confidence, that hopefully it will go our way Sunday."

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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