Jose Mourinho claims that after they sealed their place in the Carabao Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Brentford, Tottenham’s players demonstrated their determination to end the club’s trophy drought.
Before Ivan Toney’s second-half goal was disallowed for a minor offside call, an early Moussa Sissoko header put Spurs on track to hit Wembley for the first time since 2015.
Tottenham’s victory was sealed by Son Heung-16th Min’s goal of the season and Spurs will face the winner of Wednesday’s match in the April final between Manchester United and Manchester City.
Mourinho will break the record of Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough, who won the competition four times with a victory – in 2005, 2007 and 2015 with Chelsea and in 2017 with Manchester United.
But even though Spurs haven’t earned a trophy since Juan Ramos led them to win the 2008 League Cup against Chelsea in extra time, their new manager is hopeful they could improve soon.
“I came to England in 2004 and I remember during that time I had to learn the importance of the cups here,” Mourinho said. “I really took that seriously.
If a secret remains, it is a matter of taking it seriously.
“It is precisely this passion that I sense in the squad.
I don’t tell [a]winning attitude — I don’t say we’re this or that.
I’m just saying we’re honest people, and the guys have taken it seriously since the first game at Chelsea and the second at Stoke. I expect to do that again at Crosby v Marine on Sunday.
Mourinho said he expected Pierre-Emile Højbjerg to be fit for the third round tie against the second-tier club for the FA Cup, but after being fouled by Brentford’s Josh Dasilva, he had to be substituted with a shin abrasion. After a VAR check, the former Arsenal youth player was given a red card, but Mourinho revealed that Højbjerg did not want to be replaced by Japhet Tanganga.
Since he’s bleeding a lot and the shin guard is a little torn, that was a poor tackle for sure.
Yet soccer is that. The boy Dasilva is a young guy and is a good player.
In the heat of the game, there is nothing to complain about. Pierre has a big cut, but he didn’t even want me to play Tanganga in the last five minutes, so I think he can be okay for the weekend.”