Bees clash the biggest for Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford – Carabao Cup semi-final – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Tuesday 7:45pm – Preview

Spurs take on in-form Championship outfit, Brentford at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looking to take a huge step towards their first silverware in thirteen years when the pair go head-to-head at the semi-final stage of the Carabao Cup.

The Lilywhites last trophy success came in the same competition when they overcame Chelsea by the odd goal in three at Wembley Stadium in 2008. Since then, the North Londoners have twice been beaten finalists – in 2009 and 2015 – coupled with a UEFA Championship League final defeat at the hands of Liverpool in 2018 in Madrid as their agonising wait for honours continued.

Fixtures are piling up on Jose Mourinho’s men. Nevertheless, the Portuguese chief insisted the Bees clash is the biggest game Spurs have faced since he took charge thirteen months ago: “Yes, I think so,” he confirmed.

“In the perspective of the club chasing silverware for many years, I would say so.

“Of course we always have important matches, last season we had a match at Palace that would give us participation in this season’s Europa League or not.

“The match against Leeds was very important as we went a few games without a victory in the Premier League. But I would say a semi-final is always a very important match – The only one more important is a final.”

Mourinho continued: “For me, every competition is important. I won the Carling Cup in my first season after a few months in England in 2004/05, so for me every competition is different and it doesn’t matter the club where you are or the ambitions you have. Every competition is important.

“That is my way of looking at things, especially at a club without silverware for more than one decade.

“After more than one decade, every competition becomes more important and if we win two matches we win a trophy.

“Two difficult matches, of course, but if we win we get a trophy which I think would be a very good thing for the club and for the players.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Brentford

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Brian Jeeves

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