Paul Robinson has slammed Tottenham for their first-half performance in the League Cup final.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane number one said the team would have been “in the back of Hugo Lloris’ net” if they had retreated any further.

Spurs failed to end their 13-year wait for a trophy on Sunday, as lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Wembley.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the loss, Ryan Mason heaped praise on Pep Guardiola’s side and said they were “four or five years ahead” of the Lilywhites.

Robinson is adamant that Spurs showed the eventual victors far too much respect.

“They were so poor in the first half,” he told Football Insider.

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“If they got any deeper they would have all been in the back of Hugo Lloris’ net. They sat off Man City far too much. They gave them far too much respect.

“Yes, City were outstanding but that was not good enough from Spurs in the first half. Just looking at the first half, it was the biggest 0-0 thrashing that I have seen in a long time.

“In the second half they were much better. They grew into the game.

“The game plan was to pass out and play through the lines but it was not working. They needed another option.

“I have never seen Man City play so well without scoring. If a Aguero fully fit was playing he would have had a bagful before half time.” 

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