Tottenham beat Brentford to book place in Carabao Cup final


Jose Mourinho was brought in to turn Tottenham into winners and end their 13 year wait for a trophy.

Now, in his first full season in charge, the Special One has got another date at Wembley and a chance to deliver one of his favourite pieces of silverware.

Mourinho has won the League Cup four times in its various guises with Chelsea and then Manchester United and has got his sights on a fifth success.

Moussa Sissoko and Heung-min Son were on target as Tottenham overcame Brentford’s brave resistance at White Hart Lane as they did a professional and clinical job.

That is Mourinho all over, victory first and performance second but a guarantee of trophies and you would not bet against him outwitting either of the Manchester clubs in the final on April 25.



Sissoko opened the scoring
Sissoko opened the scoring

Mourinho has a wonderful knack which sometimes leaves the Spurs fans wanting more free flowing football but surely they will happily relish the silverware which eluded previous managers.

Tottenham got off to a flier after just 13 minutes when Sergio Reguilon broke down the left, the Spanish full back floated a brilliant cross which split the Brentford defence.

Sissoko got between defenders Ethan Pinnock and Mads Bech Sorensen and glanced home a brilliant header into the top corner which was Brentford keeper David Raya’s despairing dive.

It felt like a big step towards Wembley for Tottenham, the Premier League team ahead at home and lesser teams could have easily crumbled.

Not Brentford. In fact, they just got stuck in and showed they would not be intimidated. Sergi Canos and Vitaly Janet both got booked as the game began to turn nasty – and got even more brutal.

Brentford top scorer Ivan Toney has already scored 16 goals this season and looks every inch a Premier League striker with power and prowess.

Toney carried Brentford’s biggest threat as he forced Hugo Lloris into a decent save but the keeper at the other end made an incredible stop at the other end to deny Spurs a second just before the break.

Heung-Min Son’s corner was floated across, Lucas Moura glanced a header towards goal and Raya made a sensational save to tip the ball over just when it looked destined for the top corner.

It was a proper cup tie, Brentford giving everything they had and only a superb last ditch block from Serge Aurier denied Toney getting an equaliser after 49 minutes.

Just as Aurier was still getting the herograms, the Spurs right back raced up the other end and blasted a big chance over the crossbar from close range. Maybe that is Aurier all over. The rough with the smooth.

Brentford thought they had levelled after 63 minutes when Toney bundled the ball over the line only for VAR to rule it off, the lines showing Toney’s knee was marginally ahead of Sissoko’s toe. The margin could not have been any tighter.

It does seem unfair that VAR had not been used in the earlier rounds but was brought in for the semi finals and final, but ultimately technology came to the right decision.

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They were left to rue that moment shortly afterwards when Son got the all important second goal to kill off the tie in the 70th minute.

Harry Kane played the ball forward, Tanguy Ndombele then released Son who darted clear, then smashed his 16th goal of the season past Raya.

It was enough to push Tottenham into the final and Mourinho is now just 90 minutes away from more glory.

Brentford’s night got even worse in the 83rd minute when Josh Dasilva was sent off after an X-rated lunge on Pierre-Emile Hoijberg.

Referee Mike Dean dished out a red card after checking his VAR screen and, as the Brentford bench fumed, Hoijberg rolled down his sock to reveal a nasty gash just to prove the point.





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