It’s that point now when nerves start to really settle in, especially for Spurs fans, conscious of the fact that they have not been in a domestic cup final in six years. When they lost 2-0 to Chelsea in 2015, managed by Jose Mourinho.
The Portugese proclaimed that this semi-final is his “biggest game since coming to Spurs”. He has no disregarding of any competition, stating: “every competition is important”, particularly to this club. Jose has won the trophy four times; three with Chelsea and one with Manchester United.
Last time Tottenham were in this stage was in 2018/19, where they were knocked out by Chelsea on penalties. However, the squad have massively improved on their Carabao Cup endeavour last season, where they endured a shock knockout blow by Colchester. This year’s semi-final follows a 3-1 win over Stoke at the Bet365 stadium, whilst Brentford have played and beaten all four premier league fixtures they have faced: Southampton, West Brom, Fulham and most recently, Newcastle.
Spurs last won the-then-called “Carling Cup” in 2008, a sweet 2-1 victory over opponents Chelsea thanks to a Johnathan Woodgate header in extra time. This is the furthest stage that Brentford have reached in this trophy’s history.
Thomas Franks’ side are unbeaten in their last 16 games and sit 4th in the EFL Championship, the same position Tottenham sit in the division above. The two sides last faced in September 2000 in the League cup, resulting in a 2-0 Tottenham win.
Mourinho has been left aggrevated after Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon all breached Covid rules over the Christmas period. Lo Celso has been confirmed to be out for the rest of January with a Hamstring Injury whilst Gareth Bale follows with calf problems of his own. Matt Doherty is suspended for the game against the Bees after receiving a second yellow in the 3-0 win over Leeds on Saturday while Dele Alli looks likely to return to the line-up.
Predicted XI: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko; Moura, Alli, Son; Kane