Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham were idealistic romantics - with Jose Mourinho, winning is the only option

06 January 2021 02:30

So, Tottenham have reached a domestic cup final for the first time since 2015. Happy days.

It took a header from Moussa Sissoko and a brilliant team goal finished off by Son Heung-min to book their day out at Wembley at the expense of Brentford on Tuesday night. That trip to north west London might seem a bit more special had Spurs not played at the national stadium for a season and a half in recent memory, but it is what it is.

Most importantly, it's a cup final, and the chance to take some silverware back to Enfield for the first time since 2008. 2008! Cor, that's a long time, isn't it?

Tottenham had their rough patch throughout December, drawing league games with Crystal Palace and Wolves and losing to Liverpool and Leicester. Things suddenly turned gloomy, and justifiably so. Performances haven't been the most scintillating, so when the results match them, it all feels like staring into the heart of a black hole.

But they remain only four points off the pace in the Premier League with a game in hand, are well placed in the Europa League, and have a final date booked for April if we haven't already mentioned that.

But one of the more interesting questions that arose during Tuesday night's celebrations was whether reaching a Carabao Cup final vindicated Tottenham's decision back in 2019 to sack Mauricio Pochettino and bring in Jose Mourinho.