Jose Mourinho has labelled tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford as his ‘biggest game’ in charge of Tottenham.
While they have enjoyed European football in recent seasons, Spurs have not lifted a trophy since winning this tournament back in 2008.
Having avoided both Manchester United and Manchester City in the final four, they have what appears on paper as an easier home tie against Championship high-flyers Brentford standing between them and the final.
And Mourinho, 57, is under no illusions how important it is for his side to book their place in the Wembley showpiece.
He said: “Yes, I think it is my biggest game at Spurs. In the perspective of the club chasing silverware for many years, I would say so.
“A semi-final is always a very important match. The only one more important is a final.
“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.
“If we win, we get a trophy, which I think would be a very good thing for the club and for the players.”
While the Bees are the weakest team left in the competition, they have already seen off three Premier League sides.
And boss Thomas Frank insists he is fortunate to be locking horns with Mourinho (pictured above).
He said: “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.
“I admire him a lot for having that fantastic career. But when the whistle blows, it’s just another bloke standing in the dugout.
“I’m still pretty sure he also goes to the toilet sometimes!”
Both sides had games cancelled over the festive period due to coronavirus but there are no new reported injury concerns in either camp.
Did you know?
In all competitions, Brentford have never won an away match against Spurs in seven attempts. Their last win over them was in March 1948.
The Bees are featuring in their first League Cup semi-final, becoming the 59th team to reach this stage.
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).