Tottenham v Brentford EFL Cup

Jose Mourinho says Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford is the biggest game he has faced since taking charge of Tottenham.

Mourinho, appointed in November 2019, is hoping to lead Spurs to their first major trophy since 2008.

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

The Portuguese manager has previously won the competition four times.

It provided him with his first trophy in English football at Chelsea in 2005 and he won it twice more with them before a further success as Manchester United manager in 2017.

Asked if this was the most important game of his tenure so far, Mourinho said: “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 Crystal Palace that would give us participation in this season’s Europa League or not.

“The match against Leeds [last Saturday] 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 is bidding to become the third manager to reach an EFL Cup final with three different clubs.

And should Spurs overcome the Bees, they will face either Manchester City or his former employers United next.

“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,” the 57-year-old added.

“It is about my club, it is about the players who want trophies, it is about fans who want trophies and this one is the one where we just need two victories.

“Of course, [we face] difficult opponents but we need two victories and need to look at this semi-final with this ambition, respecting a very, very good team who kicked a few very good Premier League teams out of the competition.”

Championship side Brentford have beaten four Premier League clubs to reach their first ever domestic semi-final.

And while Danish boss Thomas Frank respects his opposite number, he does not appear to be overawed by the challenge posed.

“I have studied football for many years and Jose is one of the greatest of all time so it’s a privilege to play against his team,” he said.

“I admire him a lot for having that fantastic career. But when the whistle blows it’s just another bloke standing in the dug-out. I’m still pretty sure he also goes to the toilet sometimes!”

Meanwhile, Frank has called for consistent Covid-19 guidelines across the professional game in England to help resolve the scheduling problems associated with postponed matches.

“I think it’s very important that we have guidelines the same across all the games,” he said. “We are going to play so many games already, when will they find the time for the remaining games?

“If you don’t have consistency, it will add up either extending the season again, then we are into the Euros. A strict guideline would really be helpful.”

TEAM NEWS

Tottenham will be without right-back Matt Doherty, who is suspended after being sent off against Leeds, while fellow defender Joe Rodon is cup-tied.

Giovani lo Celso (hamstring) and Gareth Bale (calf) will also be absent along with winger Erik Lamela who broke coronavirus rules with two team-mates over the Christmas period.

Brentford are likely to be without midfielders Shandon Baptiste (knee) and Christian Norgaard (ankle).

However, the Bees have no other injury concerns and all of their players have tested negative for coronavirus.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • This is the fourth time Spurs and Brentford will meet in the League Cup, with all previous three meetings coming across two legs in the second round in 1992-93, 1998-99 and 2000-01, with Spurs going through each time.
  • In all competitions, Brentford have never won an away match against Spurs in seven attempts (D2 L5). Their last win over Spurs was in March 1948 in a league match at Griffin Park.

Tottenham

  • Spurs are participating in their 16th League Cup semi-final, progressing from eight of their previous 15 attempts, most recently in 2014/15. They have always progressed when facing a non-top-flight side (1970-71 vs Bristol City, 2008-09 vs Burnley, 2014-15 vs Sheffield United).
  • Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has won 15 of his 17 home League/FA Cup matches as manager against non-Premier League sides (D1 L1). His only failures were against Bradford City in January 2015 with Chelsea in the FA Cup and against Derby County while with Manchester United in September 2018 in the League Cup.
  • Jose Mourinho is looking to become the third manager to reach the League Cup final with three different clubs, after Ron Atkinson (Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa) and Ron Saunders (Norwich, Manchester City and Aston Villa).

Brentford

  • Brentford are featuring in their first ever League Cup semi-final, becoming the 59th team to reach this stage. The last time a team reached this stage for the first time and progressed to the final was in 2012-13 (Bradford City and Swansea City).
  • Brentford are looking to register three consecutive wins in the League Cup for the first time in their history.
  • Brentford have already eliminated four Premier League teams in this season’s League Cup, only the second non-Premier League side to do so in a season, after Bristol City in 2017-18 who were eventually beaten in the semi-final by Manchester City

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Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
1 year ago

My sister’s cancer treatment has been delayed by 6-8 weeks because of Covid. But hey, remember that the hospitals are fine because of that dancing nurse vid.

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Ah, sorry to hear that FoF, that’s bloody awful. Best wishes mate.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
1 year ago
Reply to  61 Spurs Njut

Thanks Nut. I very much hope this decision has been taken based on assessment of the risks involved with the delay, rather than just capacity issues. Who knows.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
1 year ago

Thanks rAndster. I don’t want to downplay it, but the cancer she has is one of the most treatable, and she’s thankfully at a very early stage. So it is probably a safe medical decision. Just fearful of looking back with regret/anger, should anything escalate.

GDawg
GDawg
1 year ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

This is one of the consequences of covid19 that people just don’t think about. People that need hospital services don’t get them as soon as they should

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

So sorry to hear about the delay for your sisters treatment FoF, I can only imagine how worrisome a diagnosis like that must be, let alone having to deal with a further 6-8 weeks delay for treatment.
Wishing the FoF’s all the best.

Last edited 1 year ago by Anti-Growth Coalition..
Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Sorry to hear that, FoF.

Keep on supporting her and be positive.

Spursy
1 year ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Sorry to hear that. Sending you and her much love x

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
1 year ago

Sexy Beast
 14 hours ago

The storm is almost upon us, stock up on food and make sure you have some cash as the tinternet ‘might’ go down and cards obviously won’t work. Parts of the net will defo go down perhaps all of it, that’s my guess. What we will find out in the next two weeks is who’s been watching fake new, me or you guys. I’m very confident.

Here’s hoping the internet does go down. In Surrey.

89Spurs. 👁
89Spurs. 👁
1 year ago

We also wouldn’t get some of the outlandish opinions, that turn up on here, the lunatics are taking over the Asylum?

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
1 year ago
Reply to  89Spurs. 👁

Taking over is a bit strong. I’d say seen for what they are, and ridiculed accordingly.

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Certifiable.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

I bet Marine haven’t got undersoil heating. The Spurs players might need heavier boots on a rock solid surface.

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago

In other news.
The Marine v Spurs programme.
My copy is on its way.

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago
Reply to  61 Spurs Njut

👇🏼

Marine-Spurs-Programme.jpg
61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago

This page is linked from the Marine FC website.
https://boutique.fg4london.com/collections/marine-fc

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago

No idea, but you can buy one from there.

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago
Reply to  61 Spurs Njut

A physical, old school, glossy paper version.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  61 Spurs Njut

I know Stingray HQ was based at Marineville. Is it the same place?

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I’ll let you know after the match.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

“Anything can happen in the next half hour”, as they used to say on the show.

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

If James Garner’s not present I think we’re safe.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  61 Spurs Njut

Was he the inspiration for Troy Tempest?

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

He was indeed. I think other characters were inspired by flesh and bone too, including Olivier.

Last edited 1 year ago by 61 Spurs Nut
mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Will the match commentator say that if the match is still close with 3O minutes to go

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

If it was Motty I’d say yes. If it’s a BBC Millennial whippersnapper, no chance.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

On the matter of the objection to the AZ vote count, 6 senators bailed and the following 6 United States Senators supported the Trump led coup attempt:

Ted Cruz (R- Moscow)
Josh Hawley (R- Saint Petersburg)
John Kennedy (R- Omsk)
Cindy Hyde-smith R- Rostov-on-Don)
Roger Marshall (R- Kazan)
Tommy Tuberville (R- Nizhny Novgorod)

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Objection fails 6-93. Any further fuckery will fail by the same margin.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

*F*ckwitery

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

I’m hearing a lot of different suggestions ‘irregarding’ what should happen to Trump after what happened on Capitol Hill, do you think anything will happen at all, or is it more likely people (lawmakers) will simply hope and pray we all get through the next fortnight unscathed.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Yesterday, I’d have said a Biden administration, for the sake of calming the nation down, will let Trump just slip away without repercussions for any offenses during his tenure (state crimes are a different matter). Today, I’d say the odds of prosecution went up. A lot.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

I agree, I understand the reticence in prosecuting Trump and how it may further divide the US, but I feel it’s now more important than ever (especially after yesterday for me) to show that there must be consequences for his actions.
In the last few days Trump has shown complete disregard for the constitution, law and order, and most importantly the people. I think his prosecution would send a much needed message that even the President (whoever they may be) can and should be accountable for their actions.
I think it’s gone beyond turning a blind eye, someone has now lost their life in large part due to Trumps continued baseless incendiary rhetoric.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Mitt Romney is laser beaming the back of Josh Hawley’s head so hard that I’m worried for Joshy’s safety.

Last edited 1 year ago by SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Irregardless isn’t a word, Hawley. Piss off now.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

If any of you ever wondered what the phrase “banality of evil” means, watch Josh Hawley slither through life.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

“Piss off now”. That’d be Irrigation. 🤪

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Hearing Kelly Loeffler speak in the Senate makes me glad she’s going back to her old job as a Westworld host.

Last edited 1 year ago by SeattleSpursGuy
Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

I’m just pleased the people of Georgia chose not to reward and elect Loeffler and Perdue for their profiteering from the pandemic.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Perdue’s been hot garbage for a long time now.

merrance
merrance
1 year ago

I never used to like sniffer Clarke, I like sniffer Biden even less.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago
Reply to  merrance

Thanks for that

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Paleo

My thanks also, important stuff.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Poch’s first game ended in a 1-1 draw away to St Étienne.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

First fatality (shooting) announced after todays scenes in Washington, Trump et al have a lot to answer for.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

He won’t even internalise that death. It’ll be processed by his egotism as due to Biden.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

He’s way beyond that,as another nutter once said “One death is a tragedy,a million deaths is a statistic”I don’t think he’s reached the million,but his policies have caused tens of thousands of deaths.He just doesn’t care

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Minority Mitch. Noice!!

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

At least McConnell spoke truth today that democracy will be badly damaged if losers’ refuse to concede defeat without genuine cause.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I think that was just another calculated play by him, he’s demonstrated numerous times how duplicitous he is.
I’m just waiting for the final Georgia result to be confirmed.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Could be. I’m more astounded by Ted Cruz’s disingenousness, he’s supported and echoed Trump saying the election was stolen. Then comes out and says “a lot of Republican voters believe the election was stolen”. Really Ted? I wonder where they got that idea from, you f*ckwit. Obviously wants the right wing to support him in 2024.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

It’ll be interesting to hear the tone of republicans after todays events.
From some of the comments so far tonight, Trump is being eviscerated by people who have been deemed as still loyal to him.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

He deserves to be. Winds up his supporters to acts of violence then gives us his “who, me?” act. It was amusing with Bart Simpson but not with a supposedly responsible adult.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

That’s precisely why inflammatory language by any leader carries a lot of weight and can have dangerous ramifications.
Trump has done it repeatedly, but then so has Boris.
It’s time politicians realised how divisive ill thought out populist sloganisms can be.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Does this disruption delay Biden’s inauguration?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

No, I don’t think so.

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Just his supply of baked beans, just as well, eating too many can result in unpleasant Trump’s.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID

That’s eruption, rather than disruption.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Luckily the state elector ballots were safely removed from the chamber before the protesters got inside. Otherwise they could have been destroyed.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Just a guess, but I I’m sure they coulda printed out some more. But if they had destroyed a batch of baked beans then that woulda been catastrophic!

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

I think these ballots are all signed by the state electors and may have needed to be recast, and that could have taken time.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

League Cup winners:

2014 Man City
2015 Mourinho
2016 Man City
2017 Mourinho
2018 Man City
2019 Man City
2020 Man City
2021 Man City v Mourinho

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Good result. Roll on April, assuming Western civilisation hasn’t collapsed.

Last edited 1 year ago by Chauveljn
89Spurs. 👁
89Spurs. 👁
1 year ago

Looks like City in the final!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  89Spurs. 👁

We’ll do ’em

89Spurs. 👁
89Spurs. 👁
1 year ago

Yep.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

United have started falling over in the box. Let’s see what happens.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

I want MU to equalize. Extra time would suit me. Don’t actually care who wins.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

I take much pleasure in knowing Sulkjær and Fernandes are semi final gimps.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

How did I do that ⬆️?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Yurp, I think it’s best I hoard as many baked beans as I can.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

If beans are the staple food don’t forget the bog roll.

89Spurs. 👁
89Spurs. 👁
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

So I can go out and buy Beans, but not toilet rolls?

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  89Spurs. 👁

No, I’d advise a ratio of ten tins of beans per roll.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

NEWS FLASH:
Baked beans may well make up a portion of tonights dinner.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Send me some

61 Spurs Njut
61 Spurs Njut
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Would you put some Wooster sauce in mine, Jeeves?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  61 Spurs Njut

Ok, if you insist.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

One kneel!

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Chauveljn
1 year ago

COYC!

Much prefer to face Citeh.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Sterling is a selfish little twat. If he’d squared the ball, City would have scored.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Another slow stream then. Citeh win 1-3.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Yep. Rashford still has both legs.

Last edited 1 year ago by Chauveljn
89Spurs. 👁
89Spurs. 👁
1 year ago

When will he ever learn! In and Out, just like Cricket.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  89Spurs. 👁

Learn? Tee hee..

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

I hope citeh win, mainly because Fernandes is a detestable sly cheating git.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

Fuck me,I’ve got no baked beans,better rush out and get some

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Paleo

#schoolboyerror

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Citeh looked very good against the racysts, not so good tonight.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

The nutjobs remind me of the dog that actually caught the van

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Blushes saved..

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

Can’t wait for the Bible quotes to start.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Paleo

And on the 8th day God said he had nothing to f*ckwitery.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
1 year ago

The storm is almost upon us, stock up on food and make sure you have some cash as the tinternet ‘might’ go down and cards obviously won’t work. Parts of the net will defo go down perhaps all of it, that’s my guess. What we will find out in the next two weeks is who’s been watching fake new, me or you guys. I’m very confident.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

I take it you’ll be away for a while when nothing happens?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Nope. The goalposts will simply move.

Last edited 1 year ago by SeattleSpursGuy
DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

I blame those dancing nurse videos.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID

I blame those who taught them to dance!

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID

Any opportunity. They’re shameless.

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Chauveljn
1 year ago

Yeah. He was hacked, he never wrote it, it was fake news!

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I will never go away.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Seeing whats happening on Capitol Hill atm, I’m surprised there aren’t sufficient authorities present to deal with it.
Was this not anticipated?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

What, you expect them to be treated like BLM protesters?

I must say seeing the Trump supporters waving Confederate and Nazi flags really feels on brand today

Chauveljn
1 year ago

But hardly surprising. I hope those Republicans who’ve cowered to Trump’s lunacy feel ashamed of themselves.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
1 year ago

I’d prefer Man Utd in the final.

stevo1987
stevo1987
1 year ago

I just popped in to revel in last nights win and I see all this cr@p has started up again. 🙁

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
1 year ago
Reply to  stevo1987

This is a grown up conversation about Trump parking the bus.

stevo1987
stevo1987
1 year ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

I don’t like buses.

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