In 13 years, Spurs haven’t won a big trophy, and it will mean a lot to them and José Mourinho to get one as soon as possible in the showcase.
Brentford doesn’t need a showcase, either (although, as Richard Foster reports here, they did win the London War Cup in 1942, which is nothing to sneeze at). Both clubs now have an opportunity to end the long wait, or at least meet the Manchester club in the final of the Carabao Cup.
Spurs are the overwhelming favourites, but Brentford, who already knocked out four Premier League clubs to get this far, doesn’t mean anything.
It’s Brentford’s first game of the year, as their clash last weekend with Bristol City was postponed due to Covid-19. With the exception of the wounded Christian Norgaard, they have a fully fit team.
There are some players that Spurs would have to do without, including Matt Doherty, Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela.
Yet they have a huge team and no plausible excuses.
We’re moving here.