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Despite a title charge that lasted for the better part of three weeks and came to an end in the eyes of many, Tottenham still has a strong chance of winning the silver medal this season in cup competitions.
The Spurs host Brentford in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday night, where one win is enough to send them to Wembley following a rule change that saw the two-stage system eliminated earlier this season.
José Mourinho is the most successful coach in the League Cup, having won it four times, and if Spurs are finally going to fill their trophy cabinet with someone in charge, it has to be with him.
With a place in the final at stake against one of the best teams in the Championship, this is how the Spurs should line up.
Hugo Lloris (GK) – There is no time to back up when looking for a trophy. Lloris started in the quarter-final victory against Stoke and retains her place in the semi-final.
Serge Aurier (RB) – Matt Doherty’s red card against Leeds has not excluded him from the selection. However, Serge Aurier has been the most dependent option this season and will be needed in an important match.
Davinson Sánchez (CB) – Sánchez has been limited to just 14 appearances in all competitions this season, but gets the nod at the Carabao Cup. It takes a solid start to get his career back on track with the Spurs.
Eric Dier (CB) – Welshman Joe Rodon is tied for the cup and therefore unavailable to Spurs in the Carabao Cup, so Eric Dier maintains his place at the rear.
Ben Davies (LB) – Sergio Reguilon was found to have broken the COVID-19 protocol over Christmas and has some brownie points to earn before finding his way back to starting XI.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (DM) – Hojbjerg dominated the proceedings against Leeds and will undoubtedly become the enforcer once again against Brentford.
Moussa Sissoko (DM) – Sissoko came off the bench against Leeds but will return to his place in the cup’s starting XI, having thrived under Mourinho.
Dele Alli (AM) – The cup provides a rare opportunity for Dele to prove his worth for Tottenham, or ramp up his shares a bit more ahead of a possible departure in January.
Lucas Moura (RW) – Moura has struggled to find enough threat in front of goal to keep his name in the headlines this season, but he remains a solid option, especially after Gareth Bale’s injury.
Harry Kane (ST) – You don’t drop your best players, no matter the competition. Kane has taken it to a different level under Mourinho and drew against Stoke in the quarterfinals; start again.
Son Heung-min (LW) – Son has been key to Kane’s hot form this season. The pair have become a deadly attacking force and have already achieved a combined 32 goals and 22 assists in all competitions this season.