Spurs’ triumph over Chelsea in this competition back in 2008 was the last time they lifted silverware, but victory tonight would set up a final meeting with either Manchester United or Man City at Wembley in April.
Standing in their way are a Brentford side who have already knocked four Premier League teams out of this season’s competition en route to the club’s first ever major cup semi-final.
Thomas Frank’s men came mighty close to promotion last season, just missing out on an automatic spot before losing to Fulham in extra-time in the play-off final, but are on a terrific 16-match unbeaten run as they look to make amends.
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lucas, Son, Kane
Brentford XI: Raya; Dalsgaard, Sorensen, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva, Janelt, Jensen; Mbeumo, Toney, Canós
The teams are out in north London. Almost showtime…
Jose Mourinho couldn’t have asked for much more than a home tie against Championship opposition as a chance to make his first final as Spurs boss.
But Brentford have seen off four Premier League sides already in this competition – can they make it a fifth?
Kick-off is just five minutes away…
Dan Kilpatrick is at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Thomas Frank was coaching youth football in the Danish lower leagues when he went to watch the 2004 Champions League final in Gelsenkirchen, which, of course, saw Jose Mourinho’s Porto crowned champions of Europe.
Speaking yesterday, the Brentford boss spoke of his admiration for his rival tonight, but joked: “I’m sure he still goes to the toilet!”
“When you’re still a relatively young manager and you’ve studied football for many years and Jose has been one of the greatest of all-time, of course it’s a privilege to meet him and play against his team,” Frank said. “I love the story of him not being a top player himself because, of course, it’s the same background I have.
“But when you blow the whistle, he’s just another bloke standing in the other dugout and we’re competing – and I’m pretty sure he also goes to the toilet sometimes.”
And, for the first time in this competition this season, Thomas Frank has named his strongest available side.
The only change to the XI that beat Bournemouth in their last Championship match sees Mads Bach Sorensen come in at centre-half in place of Pontus Jansson, who is missing altogether.
Son, Kane start for Spurs
So as expected, Jose Mourinho has gone with a very strong team tonight, including the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, while Sergio Reguilon returns at full-back having been left on the bench for the win over Leeds after his Christmas Covid breach.
Brentford team news
Brentford XI: Raya; Dalsgaard, Sorensen, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva, Janelt, Jensen; Mbeumo, Toney, Canós.
Subs: Daniels, Roerslev, Stevens, Gilbert, Haygarth, Fosu, Ghoddos, Emiliano, Forss
Tottenham team news
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lucas, Son, Kane.
Subs: Hart, Alderweireld, Davies, Tanganga, Winks, White, Dele, Bergwijn, Vinicius
We will have all the team news in just over five minutes’ time…
Frank: Spurs will have to be ‘bang on it’ against us
Brentford are out to make history tonight by reaching the first major cup final in the club’s history and yesterday, Thomas Frank warned Jose Mourinho his Tottenham side will have to be at their best if they are to go one step closer to ending their 13-year trophy drought.
“Everyone is speaking about they haven’t won a trophy for so long,” Frank said. “Now we know they’ve got the best manager for that in Jose Mourinho, he’s got that winning formula.
“That’s why I know he’s going to be tough, tough opponent because he will respect us. He knows if he wants to win a trophy then everything needs to be bang on against us.”