Jose Mourinho’s lucky number seven? Book manager spurs another cup final ride

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Thanks to Tottenham’s 2-0 semifinal victory over Brentford, Jose Mourinho has reached his seventh cup final in English football – PA news agency takes a look at the Portuguese coach’s success in big domestic finals.

Chelsea 3 Liverpool 2, League Cup final, Feb. 27, 2005Chelsea’s Damien Duff and Liverpool’s John Arne Riise Ball Battle (Nick Potts/PA)In the first minute, John Arne Riise’s goal placed Liverpool ahead for much of the match before Steven Gerrard’s own goal 11 minutes from time. Extra time followed, and Chelsea stole the glory as his legs went limp and the pace slackened. First Didier Drogba missed with a header, then after Liverpool failed to clear a Frank Lampard free kick, Mateja Kezman scored. Antonio Nunez added a late goal for Liverpool but it fell short, leaving Mourinho on English soil to celebrate his first cup triumph. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1, League Cup final, February 25, 2007 Theo Walcott gave Arsenal an early lead with his first goal for the Gunners, Mourinho and Didier Drogba celebrating winning the League Cup (PA). However, to put the Blues back on the winning track, Didier Drogba easily equalized for Chelsea. Until the final stages, when Drogba converted a cross from Arjen Robben to score the winner for Chelsea, neither side was able to pull away decisively. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0, FA Cup final, May 19, 2007Chelsea’s Drogba kisses the trophy (Martin Rickett/PA)In a hard-fought match, after regulation time and even in extra time, the score was scoreless. Just as both teams were considering a penalty shooting, before firing the ball into the net, Drogba exchanged a pass with Lampard, and that was enough for the Blues. Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0, League Cup final, March 1, 2015 Diego Costa and John Terry of Chelsea with the trophy (John Walton/PA) The first trophy of Mourinho in his second spell at Chelsea owed everything to John Terry and Diego Costa goals. Terry’s shot was deflected just before halftime by Eric Dier and ended up in the net. After the break, Costa also scored a deflected shot. Manchester United 3 Southampton 2, League Cup final, February 26, 2017 Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United with the EFL trophy (Nick Potts/PA)After Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard’s goals, it looked like United will find a way to win. Manolo Gabbiadini, however, had other thoughts and scored 2-2 just before halftime. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0, FA Cup final, May 19, 2018Chelsea’s Eden Hazard jubilant with FA Cup (Nick Potts/first PA)Mourinho’s loss in an English Cup final. Southampton had a chance to force the victory, but Ibrahimovic drew the short straw in the end. After the Belgian star was fouled by Phil Jones, Eden Hazard’s penalty was enough to beat United.

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