Jose Mourinho took Tottenham Hotspur to their first trophy in 13 years in one game when they claimed a Carabao Cup semi-final win in Brentford

Spurs haven’t claimed cutlery since beating Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final and had to work hard before taking on championship chasers in this one-legged semi-final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Brentford had beaten four Premier League teams ahead of his first major semi-final, but they were only 12 minutes behind when Moussa Sissoko headed Sergio Reguilon’s cross behind Bees keeper David Raya

Thomas Frank’s team believed they had equalized after the hour when top scorer Ivan Toney came on, but the goal was ruled out for the slightest offside position when the striker was actually on his feet at the start of the move lag

Spurs heightened Brentford’s sense of injustice when Son Heung-min cleared after 70 minutes to add a second before visitors were reduced to 10 after Josh Dasilva’s foul on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Mourinho’s side will face either Manchester United or Manchester City at Wembley in April

Mourinho makes it his business to win trophies – and this competition has always been a building block in his success strategy

He regards the EFL Cup as crucial not only to set an example in a new club, but also to give his players the confidence that is associated with securing cutlery

Mourinho’s first trophy in his first season at Chelsea was the 2005 League Cup It was there too the first trophy of his second spell when he won it in 2015. He then marked his first season at Manchester United by winning it again in 2017

He believes this competition, if he can end Spurs’ long trophy drought, can be the platform for bigger things. He wants to free the club from their “fast” day, from a reputation for having little success, like The last time they did it was in the 2019 Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid

Mourinho always takes the competition very seriously and rarely uses anything other than strong teams April beating either Manchester United or Manchester City in the final, this policy is fully justified

This ended up being a disappointment for Brentford in their first major semi-finals, but there is no doubt that bigger things are waiting for this talented squad put together by manager Frank

They have not been played at any point in this semi-final and will certainly argue over the merits or the opposite of the decision that excluded Toney’s goal, a VAR ruling that left their manager with a rueful smile

He’s got a positive, confident team and it’s easy to see why Brentford is fourth in the championship and will be a promotion candidate again

They look good to challenge again after missing Fulham in last season’s championship play-offs, then selling striker Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa and winger Said Benrahma to West Ham

Brentford has proven its pedigree by beating a high profile quartet from Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and Newcastle United in this competition – and while the defeat is disappointed, it won’t detract from their belief that They can get a real bias in reaching the Premier League

Jose Mourinho, Tottenham manager, speaking to Sky Sports: “It’s a game that will – probably, but I hope not – lead us to a final at an empty Wembley, but of course I’m very happy we had Londoners Derbies and other games, but this is the match that got us to a final

“The final has been in our pockets for three months now. We have to wait for the final so we can focus on what’s coming. We have the FA Cup, the Premier League, the Europa League so let’s forget the final for now But when April comes we have to be ready and fight for the trophy

“The game was always under control. You had the offside goal, if the ball goes into the air you cannot push the ball, you just have to try to get to the first and second ball”

Brentford boss Thomas Frank in an interview with Sky Sports: “First and foremost, I have to say that I am very proud of my team

“The first VAR decision, we were only a few centimeters away from equalization. It was an open game, we had a great attitude, we were brave and an equalization would not have been a completely unfair result against a world-class team

“If you want to go to the final against a top team you need the margins, but then they show class to get a second and after that it was game over. We have to remember that Tottenham was a good one Team is “

Attempt missed Harry Kane’s (Tottenham Hotspur) right-footed shot from outside the box is high and far right Assisted by Harry Winks

Attempt saved Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) tries right footed from a difficult angle and the long distance on the left is saved in the top center of the goal

Attempt missed The shot by Rico Henry (Brentford) with his left foot from the left side of the box is too high

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