As they sealed their place in the Carabao Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Brentford, Tottenham is a game away from breaking a 13-year trophy drought. The extraordinary League Cup record of Jose Mourinho continues as he reached his fifth final and won his previous four, promisingly for Spurs.
The first-half goal of Moussa Sissoko and a Son Heung-min strike after the break ensured that Spurs completed their streak of three consecutive semifinal defeats. In the first half, Moussa Sissoko headed Tottenham ahead (Adam Davy/PA) Mourinho was brought to the club to win silverware and he will now be excited to see how the second semifinal between Manchester City and Manchester United on Wednesday plays out – this season both Spurs teams have beaten. To make their first big semi-final, Brentford had beaten four Premier League sides and things could have been different had Ivan Toney’s equalizer not been disallowed for a narrow offside call as they had to play on with ten men after a red card was shown to Josh Dasilva. In this competition, Mourinho has never lost a semifinal and his team line-up against the Championship side showed that he was not willing to take any risks as Harry Kane and Son had a good backbone in attack. We are on our way to the final of @Carabao Cup! #THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/mmRGHL5L7K- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 5, 2021 And when Spurs took the lead in the 12th minute, albeit from an unexpected source, the team selection was rewarded. They worked the ball out on the left and Sergio Reguilon delivered an enticing ball to Sissoko, who planted a header into the top corner, back in the side after his coronavirus rule injury. Since December 2019, it was the first target of the Frenchman and his first goal of the season. Spurs had plenty of possession, but it was they who tried to extend the lead. The Brentford goalkeeper was able to keep out Lucas Moura’s header after a corner from Son. While Spurs dominated possession in the first half, Brentford rarely produced scoring opportunities, but they had their first opportunity shortly after the restart. Brentford’s Ivan Toney was denied the equalizer for offside (Adam Davy/PA). Davinson Sanchez got the best of Bryan Mbeumo, got free in the box and then laid off Ivan Toney, but the striker struggled to beat Serge Aurier. It was an eventful few minutes for the right-back as the ball dropped to his feet in a good spot shortly after he charged into Brentford’s penalty area, but he lost his control and fired across target. The hosts struggled to clear a corner kick and Toney headed from close range into the net, but it was ruled offside by the VAR. Official ticket to @wembleystadium “Clinical, classy and that might just be @SpursOfficial ticket to @wembleystadium ” Com/jJwa8LivGx- Carabao Cup (@Carabao Cup) January 5, 2021 Seven minutes later, Tottenham took advantage of the breather to double their lead. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg recovered the ball, Kane fed Tanguy Ndombele who played in Son and with a good finish, the South Korean made no mistake. Brentford’s evening ended on a sour note as Spurs were forced to play with ten men for the final ten minutes as Dasilva was sent off after a foul on Hojbjerg, who left the pitch with an ugly shin wound. It was his 16th of the season.