Jose Mourinho reached his first final as Tottenham supervisor after Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko clinched a 2-0 victory over Brentford within the League Cup on Tuesday.
But Tottenham will need to wait 110 days earlier than contesting the final towards both of the Manchester golf equipment, with City taking part in United within the different semifinal on Wednesday.
Mourinho will have an opportunity to ship Tottenham’s first trophy since successful the League Cup in 2008. And he is aware of all about success on this lesser regarded competitors after lifting the trophy 4 instances throughout spells in command of Chelsea and Manchester United, together with when the west London membership beat Tottenham within the 2015 final.
“I had to learn the meaning of the cups here and I always took it serious,” stated Mourinho, who was employed by Tottenham in November 2019. “I think if there is any secret it is to take it seriously.”
Second-division staff Brentford knocked out 4 Premier League sides to achieve the semifinals, but gifted Tottenham a gap purpose within the twelfth minute when Sissoko was left unmarked for a header.
But Tottenham took till the seventieth minute to increase its lead when Son lifted the ball into the online after Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele mixed for the breakaway.
Brentford had been denied an equalizer when a VAR evaluation noticed — by way of a forensic examination of footage — that Ivan Toney was marginally offside along with his knee earlier than scoring.
The west London membership completed with 10 males after Josh Dasilva’s excessive studs-up problem left Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with a gash on his left shin.
“I’m not happy. I think we have to play better,” Mourinho stated. “Sometimes bad decisions, sometimes technical mistakes, many times recovering the ball and not being vertical and playing backwards.”
But nonetheless the final whistle was capable of be greeted with the tune “Spurs are on their way to Wembley” being performed at Tottenham’s empty stadium. The final has been pushed from February to April 25 within the hope that followers will be allowed in — in contrast to any sporting occasion now within the nation.
This semifinal was the primary recreation because the begin of England’s third lockdown on Tuesday, with the hardest legal guidelines since these imposed in early stage of the pandemic final March when even skilled sport was prohibited.
A return to Wembley will be acquainted for Tottenham, which used the north London stadium as a short lived dwelling from 2017 to 2019 whereas its new stadium was being constructed.
But Spurs haven’t contested a final there since that 2015 League Cup final loss to Mourinho’s Chelsea.
“I know a lot of the boys have been here a long time now and we are desperate to win trophies for the club,” stated Tottenham defender Eric Dier, who performed in that final. “It’s something we’re hungry to do.”
The League Cup is the one trophy Tottenham has received — additionally in 1999 — since lifting the FA Cup in 1991. The north London facet reached the 2019 Champions League final but misplaced to Liverpool and later within the yr Mourinho changed Mauricio Pochettino as supervisor.
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