Lucas Moura was the only Tottenham player who played without fear against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
That is the view of ex-Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Spurs’ “scared” performance at Wembley as they lost 1-0.
Ryan Mason’s side attempted just two shots against Man City and recorded an xG of 0.06 compared to City’s 3.63.
Pep Guardiola’s side cantered to a fourth consecutive League Cup while Spurs’ 13-year trophy drought continues.
“That performance reminded me of when I’ve played in a Villa team and you’ve gone to a top, top side and you’re just scared,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“You’re scared of the quality they’ve got. That’s all it was. Spurs were scared to get forward, Spurs were scared to get tight because they knew they could get turned.
“They were basically two teams that are totally different in class and ability.
“Even some of the Spurs players were scared to take players on, it was only Moura who tried to take anyone on.
“Nobody wanted to take Kyle Walker on. Sometimes you know when players are quicker than you, stronger than you. You’re a bit scared to take them on.
“When they played from the back there wasn’t a plan to take a risk. If they lost it they were in trouble.
“Without a lot of fans there they felt they could get away with it.
“It was just a team lacking confidence, to be honest. A team with Aurier and Reguilon at full-back who can’t really defend.
“Man City were always going to win the game and it could have been 7-0 or 8-0, to be honest.”