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Mourinho admits Brentford clash is ‘biggest game since coming to Spurs’ ahead of ‘important’ semi-final

Jose Mourinho says tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Brentford is his ‘biggest game’ since his appointment as Tottenham manager.

Tottenham have gone more than a decade without winning silverware with the north London side’s last success coming in the same competition in 2008, though have a chance to reach a major final when they host Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford this evening.

No manager has ever won the League Cup on more occasions than Mourinho who has won the trophy four times during his managerial career, guiding Chelsea to three successes over two spells at Stamford Bridge and winning a fourth with Manchester United.

Mourinho is now seeking to become the first manager in history to win major silverware with three different English clubs and believes tonight’s clash with Brentford is the biggest of his Spurs reign thus far.

“I think it is my biggest game since coming to Spurs,” said Mourinho at his pre-match press conference. “In the perspective of the club chasing silverware for many years I would say so.

“The only thing more important than semi-finals is finals.”

Mourinho reflected on his previous successes in the competition and believes the League Cup can act as a springboard for further silverware, outlining his intention to compete for every trophy and end Spurs’ long wait for major honours.

“For me every competition is important,” he added. “I won what was then the Carling Cup in my first season in England in 2004/05, so for me every competition is different and does matter.

“That’s my way of looking at things and especially in a club without silverware in I think more than one decade. Every competition becomes even more important.

“If we win two matches we win a trophy – two difficult matches of course – which I think would be a very good thing for the club and the players.”

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