Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho insisted the EFL Cup final will be firmly parked to one side, and made a bold claim about their opponents on the night, Brentford.
Tottenham advanced to Wembley to face the winners of Wednesday night’s Manchester derby after goals from Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min helped secure a 2-0 victory.
Brentford impressed throughout, but Spurs’ superior levels of quality ultimately showed in the key moments.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Mourinho said: “It’s a game that takes us to a final, to probably, but I hope not, an empty Wembley final but of course I’m very happy. We’ve had London derbies and other games but this is the match that took us to a final.
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“The final is now in a pocket for three months, we have to wait for the final so we have to focus on what we have coming up.
“We have the FA Cup, the Premier League, the Europa league, so let’s forget the final for now. But when April arrives we have to be ready and to fight for the trophy.
“The game was always under control, They had the offside goal, when the ball goes in the air you cannot 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 Sanchez was clever not to touch the guy.
“We didn’t play brilliantly, sometimes wrong decisions, sometimes one more touch, not with that soft 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.”
Regarding Josh Dasilva’s red card that left Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with a bloody leg, he concluded: “I didn’t see it, I just saw the leg, I just saw the blood but apart from that I didn’t have time to look.”
Sissoko unafraid of either Manchester club
Tottenham’s first goalscorer, Sissoko, also spoke to Sky Sports, saying: “We are all very happy, it’s been a long time and we’ve been waiting for that moment.
“We played a great game against a great team but we deserved to win. Now we’re going to go to Wembley and play either Manchester United or Manchester City.
“We’ll be ready, doesn’t matter who we are going to play, let’s be ready for that game and hopefully we can win the trophy.
“It was good to score an early goal. I think we controlled the game and we scored the second goal in the second half and we deserved it. All the fans will be happy, now let’s be ready for the next game on Sunday.”
Regarding Brentford’s disallowed goal for a marginal offside decision, the Frenchman said: “I was sure it was offside because I could see [Ivan Toney] 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’s the 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 want to just play a final – you want to win it and we will try our best to win and bring the trophy home.”