José Mourinho, Moussa Sissoko claims, would turn Tottenham into the champions. In the 2-0 Carabao Cup semifinal victory over Brentford on Tuesday, the midfielder scored and is as determined as anyone at the club to take home their first trophy since 2008.
In November 2019, when chairman Daniel Levy hired Mourinho, he was supposed to build on Mauricio Pochettino’s work and take the final step towards silverware. At least one significant distinction occurs between the two executives. Although Pochettino made it clear that in terms of priorities, domestic cups are well behind the Premier League and Champions League, Mourinho is obsessed with chasing it all with equal consistency.
Mourinho is particularly fond of the League Cup, winning it four times, as many times as Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson did. No manager has won more times, and Mourinho knows how success will improve the mentality of a team in this game.
Sissoko says that on April 25, Spurs must finish what they began and win the final.
“Does Jose make us winners? Yes, we can say that,” said Sissoko. We know what kind of boss José is and what he’s been doing in the past.
I think he was brought here by the chairman to win trophies and he was trying to carry that attitude to the squad.
I don’t want to say that under the old manager, we didn’t have it, but the team works a lot on it and every day he drives hard. It’s nice now that we’ve reached the final and we have to win it now.
“The time has come to win an award. We’ve missed the chance for many years and now we want to take it. We’re still in the championship chase, we still have the other cup to play, the Europa League, too, and so this season there’s still a lot to do with the team.
Let’s believe in ourselves, let’s keep fighting and try to win every game and see what we can do.”
Sissoko’s goal against Brentford was his first since December 2019. “I would like to score more goals and give more assists, but it depends on the system we will play,” he said. “Against Brentford I played as a No. 6 without the ball, but with the ball I was higher – another No. 8 with Tanguy [Ndombele].
“That’s why I was able to be up front and make that run when [Sergio] Reguilón crossed for me and I scored.
It’s easier to score when I’m in the box than when I’m playing as a number 6.”