Jose Mourinho says the semifinal of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup against Brentford is the most critical match since he was at the club. On Tuesday, Spurs take on the Championship club in the hope of getting a step closer to breaking their long trophy drought, followed by a final against Manchester City or Manchester United.
Mourinho, who won the League Cup four times, was brought to the club to collect trophies, and with just two games away from doing so, it means he can concentrate entirely on the Bees’ visit. Only four teams are left on the road to Wembley… Who’s going to make it to the season finale? “#EFL | #CarabaoCup https://t.co/aAFZTFexLD- Carabao Cup (@Carabao Cup) January 1, 2021 “Yes, I believe so. Of course, we still have important games, we had a game at Palace last season that was about playing this season in the Europa League. The game against Leeds was very important because we were a few games in the Premier League without a victory, but I would say a semifinal is always a very important one. Every competition is important. Every competition becomes more important after more than a decade, and we earn a trophy if we win two games. Jose Mourinho with the trophy after winning Manchester United over Southampton (Nick Potts/PA) “Every competition is important. After more than a decade, every competition becomes more important and if we win two games we win a trophy.Jose Mourinho with the trophy after Manchester United’s win over Southampton (Nick Potts/PA) ” “It was the first one for me, in February 2005, it’s not about me, it’s not about me winning four or five times, or winning at three clubs, it’s not about me at all. “It’s about my club, it’s about the players wanting trophies, it’s about the fans wanting trophies, and this is the one where we just need two wins. Of course, hard opponents, but we need two wins and we have to look at this semifinal with that determination, with respect for a very, very good team that has knocked out of the competition a few very good Premier League teams. “Of course, difficult opponents, but we need two wins and we have to look at this semifinal with that ambition, with respect for a very, very good team that has knocked a couple of very good Premier League teams out of the competition. ” Due to a coronavirus outbreak, the postponement of last week’s Premier League match against Fulham has not helped the fixture list and Mourinho refuses to allow his side to play four matches in a week, as was the case earlier in the season. “I would like to know when we play Fulham, of course I would like to know,” he said. I refuse to talk about the final of the Carabao Cup because Brentford can play in it and not us. A huge month of games to start in 2021. COME ON YOU SPURS! #THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/4TgFsIMLfS- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 1, 2021 “I refuse to talk about the Carabao Cup final because maybe Brentford play in it and not us. A massive month of games to start 2021.𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗢𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗦𝗣𝗨𝗥𝗦!#THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/4TgFsIMLfS- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 1, 2021 ” You should live with people forgetting that Tottenham might be in a position to play a Europa League play-off at the beginning of the season. Spurs will have to do without Matt Doherty for the match against Brentford, who is serving a one-match suspension against Leeds following his red card, while Erik Lamela will be out over Christmas after violating coronavirus laws with two teammates.