Being a Spurs fan has not often been straightforward through the years, however that is by a long way the longest trophy drought the membership has endured for the reason that Second World Struggle. For a membership of Tottenham’s measurement and appreciable monetary energy, 13 years is way too lengthy a anticipate silverware.
Regardless of the huge enchancment to the taking part in squad and upturn in outcomes delivered to the membership by Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentine supervisor was by no means capable of get Tottenham over the hump.
With Pochettino sacked after months of poor performances following the heartbreaking Champions League ultimate defeat to Liverpool in June 2019, Jose Mourinho was employed with the only intention of guiding Tottenham to a primary trophy for the reason that League Cup in 2008.
The Portuguese coach is now one match away from reaching that goal after targets from Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min gave Spurs a 2-Zero win over Championship facet Brentford in Tuesday’s League Cup semifinal.
Many golf equipment, managers and supporters have turned their noses up on the League Cup in its many guises through the years — presently referred to as the Carabao Cup as a result of sponsorship — nevertheless it’s a contest Mourinho has at all times taken significantly.
No supervisor has gained this trophy on extra events and Mourinho would surpass the file of 4 League Cup wins he presently holds with Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough with a victory in opposition to both Manchester Metropolis or Manchester United.
“I got here to England in 2004 and I bear in mind in that interval I needed to be taught the which means of the cups right here and took it significantly,” Mourinho informed reporters after the sport.
“I feel if there may be any secret, it’s to take it significantly. It is to respect what English soccer is, what English golf equipment are, what English decrease divisions are and check out to not be shocked in any one of many video games with groups with smaller high quality and when you could have an enormous recreation like we had with Chelsea [in round four], go significantly and with ambitions. Other than that, there is no such thing as a different secret.”
“What I sense within the workforce is need. I am not saying profitable mentality, I am not saying that we’re this or that, I simply say that we’re sincere individuals. The fellows for the reason that first recreation in opposition to Chelsea, the second recreation in opposition to Stoke, the fellows took it significantly and that is what I hope to do once more on Sunday in Crosby in opposition to Marine [in the FA Cup].”
With the League Cup ultimate normally happening in February, Mourinho has beforehand talked about the enhance an early cup victory can have for the rest of the season — although this yr, authorities have moved the ultimate again to April within the hope that followers may have the ability to attend following the present second wave of Covid-19 circumstances in England.
Nevertheless, the excessive of reaching a serious ultimate will little question nonetheless be felt throughout the squad and Mourinho was eager to emphasise this can be a fascinating trophy to win.
“Should you see the winners, you notice that the massive golf equipment wish to win it,” he mentioned. “Who was the final winner other than the traditional prime six? Swansea [in 2013]? I do not know as a result of I am not superb with stats, however I bear in mind Man Metropolis profitable a variety of instances, I bear in mind Chelsea profitable a variety of instances, I bear in mind United profitable a number of instances.”
“I bear in mind Liverpool in finals, I do not know in the event that they gained it not too long ago, Arsenal. So the massive golf equipment, they care about it, little question and the ultimate says lots: Tottenham in opposition to Manchester United or Tottenham in opposition to Manchester Metropolis.”
Whereas victory in opposition to both of these golf equipment in April’s ultimate would undoubtedly imply Tottenham has lastly turned the nook, it will in no way be the extent of Mourinho’s ambitions in north London.