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Tottenham manager José Mourinho insisted that the EFL Cup final will be firmly parked aside, and made a bold claim about his opponents that night, Brentford.
Tottenham advanced to Wembley to face the winners of the Manchester derby on Wednesday night after goals from Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min helped secure a 2-0 victory.
Brentford impressed throughout, but the Spurs’ superior levels of quality finally showed through at key moments.
Talking to Sky sports After the match, Mourinho He said: “It’s a match that leads us to a final, probably, but I hope not, to an empty Wembley final, but of course I’m very happy. We have had London derbies and other matches, but this is the match that led us to a final.
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“The final is now in our pocket for three months, we have to wait for the final, so we have to focus on what lies ahead.
“We have the FA Cup, the Premier League, the Europa League, so let’s forget the final for now. But when April comes we have to be prepared and fight for the trophy.
“The game was always under control, they had an offside goal, when the ball goes in the air you can’t press the ball, you just have to try to get to the first and second ball.
“There was penetration on the right side and Davinson Sánchez was smart not to touch the guy.
“We don’t play brilliantly, sometimes wrong decisions, sometimes one more touch, not with that smooth control that allows you to play fast but the game is always under control against a team that will probably be in the Premier League next year.”
On Josh Dasilva’s red card that left Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with a bloody leg, he concluded: “I didn’t see her, I only saw the leg, I only saw the blood but other than that I didn’t have time to look. “
Sissoko without fear of either of the two Manchester clubs
Tottenham’s first scorer, Sissoko, also spoke with Sky sports, saying: “We are all very happy, it has been a long time and we have been waiting for that moment.
“We played a great game against a great team but we deserved to win. Now we are going to go to Wembley and play Manchester United or Manchester City.
“We will be ready, no matter who we are going to play, let’s be ready for that match and hopefully we can win the trophy.
“It was good to score an early goal. I think we controlled the game and scored the second goal in the second half and we deserved it. All the fans will be happy, now we are ready for the next game on Sunday ”.
On Brentford’s goal disallowed by a marginal offside decision, the Frenchman said: “I was sure I was offside because I could see [Ivan Toney] he was behind me, so I was sure he was offside and the VAR showed it, but again, let’s enjoy it and go to the final “
“We are in the final so it is time to win it. The last final we reached was the Champions League final and we lost, so we were disappointed for many months.
“To play a final at Wembley, you don’t just want to play a final, you want to win it and we will do our best to win and bring the trophy home.”