Jose Mourinho has urged Tottenham to ‘forget’ about reaching the EFL Cup final and has spoken of his side’s ‘desire’ to win trophies this season.
Spurs will have the chance to end their 13-year wait for silverware after reaching the Carabao Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Brentford, goals from Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min booking the north London side’s place in the Wembley showpiece.
The final appearance provides Mourinho with an opportunity to win the competition for a fifth time as a manager after previous successes with Chelsea and Manchester United, after the Portuguese became the third coach to reach the final with three different clubs.
Mourinho’s side will face the winners of tonight’s Manchester derby semi-final in April, though the Spurs boss has urged his side to ‘forget’ about their achievement and has called for focus over the next three months of League, FA Cup, and European action.
“It’s a game that takes us to a final, probably an empty Wembley final – I hope not – and I’m very happy with that,” he told Sky Sports.
“We’ve had matches this year against the biggest clubs in the country, but this one is a game that puts us in a final so it’s very important for us.
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“We are going to try [to lift the trophy]. We have this final in the pocket for three months, we’re going to wait for it so we have to forget it and focus on the Premier League, FA Cup, the Europa League even before the final. We have to be ready in April to fight for the trophy.”
Mourinho’s first trophy in English football came with League Cup success in 2005 as Chelsea beat Liverpool in extra-time at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The 57-year-old – whose four trophies are the joint-most of any manager in history – believes the secret to his success is respecting the competition while adding that he senses a winning ‘desire’ from his side.
“I came to England in 2004 and I remember in that period I had to learn the meaning of the cups here,” Mourinho added at his press conference. “I always took it seriously. If there is any secret it is to take it seriously.
“What I sense in the team is exactly that desire. I’m not saying [a] winning mentality – I’m not saying that we are this or that. I just say that we are honest people and since the first game at Chelsea and the second at Stoke, the guys took it seriously. That’s what I hope to do again on Sunday in Crosby against Marine.”