Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho said he senses the desire of his players to end the club's 13-year trophy drought after they reached the League Cup final beating Championship side Brentford 2-0 on Tuesday.
AllNews understands that Tottenham Hotspurs have not lifted a major trophy since their League Cup triumph over Chelsea in 2008. Goals from Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min in Tuesday's game secured their ninth final appearance in the competition they have won four times.
Seeking his fifth League Cup crown as a manager after previous triumphs with Chelsea (2005, 2007, 2015) and Manchester United (2017), Mourinho said there is a simple secret to success in the competition.
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"I came to England in 2004 and I remember ... I had to learn the meaning of the cups here and I always took it seriously. If there's any secret it's to take it seriously. To respect what English football is," Mourinho told reporters after the match.
"What I sense in the team is exactly that desire. I'm not saying winning mentality, I'm not saying we are this or that. I just say we're honest people.
"The guys since the first game against Chelsea, then Stoke City, and now ... took it seriously. That's what I hope to do on Sunday in Crosby against Marine (in the FA Cup third round). Try to be serious, respect the opponents, and try to progress."
In the final at Wembley Stadium on April 25, Tottenham will face Manchester United or Manchester City who meet in the second semifinal on Wednesday.
Mourinho emphasized the need to win the final, when he said, "A final without the trophy is not a final at all"
Tottenham defender Eric Dier said his teammates were desperate for silverware.
"Since I've been here we've been wanting to, that motivation hasn't changed," Dier posted on his social media.
"There's a lot of football to be played before it but it's fantastic to be in the first final possible."