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José Mourinho hailed a major victory after Tottenham beat Brentford 2-0 to reach the EFL Cup final.
Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min hit home to see Spurs overtake their Championship opponents, who finished with 10 men after Josh Dasilva was fired for a challenge that left Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with a sore shin.
Tottenham have not won a major silver medal since lifting this trophy in 2008 and it is a competition that Mourinho has won four times.
The last of them came with Manchester United in 2017, when his former club faced reigning champions Manchester City in the semi-final on Wednesday.
“It is a match that leads us to a final. Probably, I hope not, but probably an empty Wembley final, but a Wembley final, ”Mourinho told Sky Sports, questioning the EFL’s ambitions to have a crowd at their rearranged April masterpiece.
“I am very, very happy with that. Of course this year we had matches against the biggest clubs in the country, we had London derbies, but this is one that led us to a final.
“I would consider it a very important game for us. We now have this final in our pocket for a few months.
“We have to forget it and focus on what we have to play in the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Europa League.”