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2021 seems increasingly likely to be the year Tottenham ends its 13-year wait for a trophy.
They made a big step on that journey Tuesday night, beating Championship Brentford in the EFL Cup semi-finals to reserve their spot at Wembley for the final later than usual in April.
He was nervous at times, particularly when Ivan Toney’s draw was ruled offside by the narrowest margin, but for the most part this was further proof of the mindset shift José Mourinho is said to have brought about in northern London.
In truth, the Spurs never seemed to ‘make a Spurs’ against Brentford. They kept an impressive side of the bees at arm’s length at all times and got the job done with one goal in each half. The first was marked by Moussa Sissoko, who took advantage of a socially distanced defense to head home Sergio Reguilon’s excellent center.
The Spurs then turned down some good opportunities to put the game out of question, before Son Heung-min did just that, ending a signature counter with a venomous punch.
The Mourinho factor should not be underestimated in this result. As pointed out Opt After the game, the Spurs manager became the third manager in history to reach the League Cup final with three different clubs. Winning games like this is what he does best, as evidenced by his near-perfect semi-final record.
Few coaches in world football are as well equipped to squeeze results in one-off matches as Mourinho, so Spurs will be full of confidence regardless of which Manchester club they end up meeting at Wembley in the spring.
Diverting our attention from the EFL Cup for a moment, Tottenham’s relatively easy draws in both the FA Cup and the Europa League also seem to suggest that the omens for 2021 are good.
In the first, they will face Marine out of the league next week. The Liverpool-based Lilywhites are a proper part-time team, not one of those quasi-professional teams that reside in the Conference. Make no mistake, if the Spurs fail to advance to the fourth round against the eighth division minnows, it will be one of the most shocking results in the history of English football.
Meanwhile, in the Europa League, they have been awarded another preferable draw, this time against Wolfsberger, an Austrian Bundesliga team currently languishing in the middle of the table and the lowest ranking team left in the competition. .
Although Tottenham probably still almost In an unpredictable national title race, his quest for silver could well be helped by his rivals by focusing on other priorities when it comes to a watershed moment; In April, Man City or Man Utd could be giving a final push in the Premier League, while the same goes for the set of the so-called ‘Big Six’ and tougher European rivals such as Milan and Ajax when the FA Cup and Europa League finals arrive in May.
Simply put, both ties were the easiest games the Spurs could have hoped for. Luck? Or a sign that 2021 is approaching the year of the rooster?
Whatever it is, this good fortune, combined with its managers’ perverted obsession with unseen victories, is a potent cocktail for success in cup competitions. In other words, it might be time for rival fans to start preparing some insults in addition to those that focus on the accumulation of dust in the Spurs trophy cabinet.