Tottenham interim boss Ryan Mason said that Sunday’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City serves as a blueprint for his tactical plans while in charge.
Mason, who has enjoyed a whirlwind week at Spurs, ended the period with a saddening defeat at Wembley. Aymeric Laporte’s second-half header proved enough for Pep Guardiola’s men, who dominated on Sunday. Indeed, Tottenham had good spells throughout the game but only two attempts on goal.
Nevertheless, the experience is a feather in the cap of Mason, a budding young coach at the age of 29.
He is unlikely to stay next season, filling in following Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Monday.
However, he said after the 1-0 defeat to City that he has given an indication as to how he plans to play at Spurs.
“It was a difficult match,” he told his post-match press conference (via Football London).
“I thought in the first half we rode our luck on a couple of occasions. There were times where it was controlled.
“In the second half we had a good moment and some set plays and I felt while we didn’t create much in the second half, neither did they. It’s difficult to concede from a set piece though.
“We didn’t have long to work on it but that’s the way I want to go forward during my time here. Man City have had 5 or 6 years with the same coach so they’ve much more time to get so comfortable with the way they play.”
Laporte proved a talking point for other reasons than his winning goal.
He picked up a yellow card in the first half, but he could well have seen red for another challenge.
Mason said: “I thought the first one was an absolute yellow but it’s not the talking point because if he gets the yellow he maybe doesn’t make the tackle. That’s not on our mind.”
Mason saddened by Tottenham defeat
He added: “I’ll be completely honest, my mind now is sad because of what’s just happened. My mind isn’t thinking down the line and in football you need to live in the moment.
“My mind is on preparing the team for the next big moment.”
Asked how the dressing room has reacted to the loss, he said: “Pain. It’s normal that they’re hurting and it shows that they care and these people feel deeply about this football club. We gave everything today.”
Spurs return to action next Saturday when relegated Sheffield United are the Premier League visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.