Jose Mourinho insists “if there’s a secret to be taken seriously” as he approaches a FIFTH League Cup and has a chance to end Tottenham’s 13-year trophy drought after playing his “biggest game at Spurs” won against Brentford
- Jose Mourinho led Tottenham to the Carabao Cup final this year
- The Portuguese boss is about to end the club’s 13-year trophy drought
- At full-time, Mourinho said the only secret was to respect the competition
- Spurs will face either Manchester City or United in the Wembley final
Tottenham are one win away from ending their 13-year trophy drought after reaching the Carabao Cup final.
Goals from Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min against Brentford, who finished the game with 10 men, sent Spurs to Wembley, where Jose Mourinho is looking to get his hands on the trophy for the fifth time against his former club Manchester United or Manchester City.
Spur’s last trophy was the 2008 League Cup, but Mourinho has won this competition more than anyone and no manager has lifted it more than the Portuguese manager who has triumphed four times.
Jose Mourinho insists that the secret is to respect the League Cup after Tottenham reach the final
Mourinho has always taken the competition seriously, winning it three times at Chelsea and once at United. It was the inaugural trophy in both of his Chelsea games and also the first major cutlery of his United reign. In his pre-game press conference, he described the Brentford clash as his “biggest game at Spurs”.
Mourinho is now aiming for the trophy again to usher in a successful phase at Spurs. He said: “I came to England in 2004 and I remember that during that time I had to learn the meaning of the trophies here and take them seriously.
‘If there is a secret it is to be taken seriously, to respect what English clubs and English lower division teams are, and to try not to be in any of the games with lower quality teams and if you have a big game like us, to be surprised with Chelsea [in round four]go seriously and with ambition.
Spurs pushed Brentford aside and faced either Manchester City or United in the final
“When you see the winners, you see that the big clubs want to win them.
‘Who was the last winner besides the normal top six? Swansea [in 2013]? I remember Manchester City won many times, Chelsea won many times, Manchester United won a couple of times, Liverpool in the final, Arsenal.
“The big clubs are certainly interested and the final says a lot – Tottenham versus Manchester United or Manchester City.”
Sissoko said: ‘Our last final was the Champions League final and we lost it. We were all disappointed for many months and now we have the opportunity to play a final at Wembley.
“You don’t play a final, you just have to win it, it doesn’t matter. We will do our best and try to bring this trophy home. ‘
The finale won’t take place until April 25th after it has been reset in the hopes that coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed and some supporters will be able to participate.
Mourinho said: “I support April 25th. Give us some time, hopefully the world will change and improve a little.
“I’m not praying for too much, a full Wembley, but maybe we can have some supporters.”
After Sissoko’s early header, Spurs managed to end the 70th-minute draw with Son’s goal, not long after Ivan Toney dismissed a header from a close offside.
Mourinho must defeat either Ole Gunnar Solskajer or Pep Guardiola in the final
Brentford manager Thomas Frank described the loss in Brentford’s first major semi-finals as heartbreaking, but insisted he be proud of his players.
He also hoped midfielder Josh Dasilva would be spared a three-game ban after his late sack after catching Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the shin.
Referee Mike Dean showed Dasilva a red card after reviewing the incident on the field monitor in the 84th minute.
Frank said, ‘You can give it and I understand why it is given, but I really hope it won’t be three games.
“He slipped and if you know the player he’s never done anything like this in his entire career.”