It may have come at the right time for Mourinho, who is entering a critical period to maintain second season syndrome at Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho will know in the next 10 days how well positioned he is to achieve one of the successful ‘second seasons’ he has had at his previous clubs. The Tottenham Hotspur manager prepares for Tuesday’s EFL Cup semi-final against Brentford, then After the FA Cup weekend Aston Villa, which he considers his favorite team in the Premier League, and after a Christmas flicker, it will show what his team is capable of in the second half of the campaign. It could also imply that Mourinho is making history as the first manager to win the EFL Cup with three separate teams.
A League Cup winner with three teams you say. It is a statement.
We will soon discover the team he intends to help him achieve this.
Tottenham host second-tier Brentford in the League Cup semi-final, with manager Jose Mourinho claiming it is the biggest game since joining the club in November 2018. Mourinho was brought to Tottenham to end the The club’s expectation for a trophy, which runs until 2008, and is looking to win the League Cup for the fifth time – after three with Chelsea and one with Manchester United.
“It’s not about me, it’s not about me four or five times, or my victory at three clubs, it’s not about me at all,” Mourinho said. “It’s about my club, it’s about the players who want trophies, it’s about the fans who want trophies. Brentford is in fourth place in the 24-team championship and beat four Premier League teams to advance to their first-ever cup semi-final.
“I studied football for many years and Jose is one of the best of all time so it’s a privilege to play against his team,” said Brentford manager Thomas Frank. “I admire him a lot for his fantastic career. But when the whistle blows, it’s just another guy standing in the shelter. ”
Tottenham are without right-back Matt Doherty, who is suspended, while forward Erik Lamela will play no role after being pictured breaking coronavirus rules with two teammates over Christmas time. The winner will meet Manchester City or Manchester United in the final.
One of Jose’s rivals booed for not having enough resources. It’s… Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he had an exhausted squad for Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final at Manchester United due to the impact of a COVID-19 outbreak at the club Etihad.
Teams can nominate nine substitutes from the bench in the League Cup semi-finals and final after the EFL approved five substitutions per game. However, City had six players unavailable due to positive tests in their 3-1 Premier League win at Chelsea last weekend.
City’s match at Everton last week has also been postponed due to several positive cases in their camp, with the Manchester club joining Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Fulham among those who suffered from virus outbreaks in the top flight.
“We don’t have a lot of players,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “Playing one, two games is good, but if it goes on for a long time – and you can only use 14 or 15 players – it will be more difficult.