Mourinho claims this January fixture is Tottenham’s biggest game in over a year

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Jose Mourinho has claimed that the upcoming match against Brentford is Tottenham’s biggest game in over a year.

Although it comes against Championship opposition, the clash represents a chance for Spurs to reach a domestic cup final this season under Mourinho.

Not only that, but it is a competition that the Special One has experience in winning during his time with Chelsea and Manchester United. Mourinho lifted it during the 2004/05, 2006/07, 2014/15 and 2016/17 seasons.

The Spurs head coach will be hoping to make it fifth time lucky in 2021, with the North Londoners set to meet Brentford in the semi-final on Tuesday night.

Tottenham have not won a trophy for 13 years now, with their last victory coming back in 2008 in this very competition, beating Chelsea in the final.

Due to this silverware drought, Mourinho has claimed that the Brentford game is the biggest since he took charge of the Lilywhites back in November 2019.

When asked whether it was his biggest game managing Spurs yet, he said (Football London): “Yes, I think so.

“In the perspective of the club chasing silverware for many years, I would say so.

“Of course we always have important matches, last season we had a match at Palace that would give us participation in this season’s Europa League or not.

“The match against Leeds was very important as we went a few games without a victory in the Premier League but I would say a semi-final is always a very important match. The only one more important is a final.

“For me every competition is important. I won the Carling Cup in my first season after a few months in England in 2004/05, so for me every competition is different and it doesn’t matter the club where you are or the ambitions you have. Every competition is important.

“That is my way of looking at things, especially at a club without silverware for more than one decade.

“After more than one decade, every competition becomes more important and if we win two matches we win a trophy.

“Two difficult matches, of course, but if we win we get a trophy which I think would be a very good thing for the club and for the players.”

He added: “It was the first [for me], February 2005, This time, can we do it again? It is not about me, it is not about me four or five times, or me winning at three clubs, it’s not about me at all.

“It is about my club, it is about the players who want trophies, it is about fans who want trophies and this one is the one where we just need two victories.

“Of course, difficult opponents but we need two victories and need to look at this semi-final with this ambition, respecting a very very good team who kicked out a few very good Premier League teams out of the competition.”

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