Following the heartbreaking Champions League final loss to Liverpool in June 2019, Jose Mourinho was hired with Pochettino fired following months of disappointing results, with the sole goal of leading Tottenham to a first trophy since the 2008 League Cup.
No manager has won this trophy on more occasions, and with a victory over either Manchester City or Manchester United, Mourinho will exceed the record of four League Cup wins he currently holds with Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough.
“I came to England in 2004 and I remember I had to learn the meaning of the cups here during that time and take them seriously, “I came to England in 2004 and I remember in that period I had to learn the meaning of the cups here and took it seriously.
I think if there is any secret, it is to take it seriously. It’s to respect what English football is, what English clubs are, what English lower divisions are and try not to be surprised in any one of the games with teams with smaller quality and when you have a big game like we had with Chelsea [in round four], go seriously and with ambitions. Apart from that, there is no other secret.
What I sense in the team is desire. I’m not saying winning mentality, I’m not saying that we are this or that, I just say that we are honest people. The guys since the first game against Chelsea, the second game against Stoke, the guys took it seriously and that’s what I hope to do again on Sunday in Crosby against Marine [in the FA Cup].”
Mourinho has previously discussed the boost that an early cup victory can have for the rest of the season with the League Cup final normally taking place in February — but this year, authorities have pushed the final baaso April in the hope that fans would be able to attend following the recent second wave of Covid-19 cases in England.
The high of making a big final, however, would certainly always be felt within the squad and Mourinho was eager to stress that winning this is a coveted trophy.