Jose Mourinho considers Tottenham’s EFL Cup semi-final against Brentford on Tuesday their biggest game since he joined the club.
Spurs take on the Bees at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after overcoming Stoke City in the last eight almost a fortnight ago.
The club are now just two wins away from a first major trophy since they won the same competition in 2008, beating Chelsea 2-1 through Jonathan Woodgate’s extra-time goal.
Mourinho has won the EFL Cup four times – three with Chelsea and one with Manchester United – and is looking to become just the third manager to reach the final with three different clubs after Ron Atkinson (United, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa) and Ron Saunders (Norwich City, Manchester City and Villa).
But he will have his work cut out against a Brentford side who have already eliminated four Premier League teams in this season’s competition in Southampton, West Brom, Fulham and Newcastle United.
Indeed, the Bees are only the second non-Premier League side to achieve that feat in a season after Bristol City in 2017-18.
Mourinho, who has won 15 of his 17 home EFL Cup and FA Cup matches as against teams from outside the top flight, knows only too well the confidence boost a trophy triumph would bring and is determined to end Spurs’ drought.