On 1st March 2015, Jose Mourinho led his Chelsea side to defeat their London rivals in the 2015 English League Cup final at Wembley.
Club legend, John Terry scored Chelsea’s first goal in the 45th minute before Diego Costa grabbed a winner for Mourinho’s men just 11 minutes later.
With an outstanding tactical team performance, the Special One denied Mauricio Pochettino his first silverware for the club and Spurs’ first since they last won in 2008.
Five years later, Mauricio Pochettino was sacked as the boss of Tottenham Hotspurs (currently head coach of Paris Saint Germain) and was replaced by Jose Mourinho in the dugout.
While his first season did not result in the winning of a trophy, Jose Mourinho now has the opportunity to win one in his second season in charge.
Mourinho and Spurs’ run to the final
In the run to the final, Jose Mourinho had to face Chelsea, a club he has won three league cups with, in the fourth round and emerged victorious on penalties.
Spurs trailed Chelsea for larger parts of the game after going a goal down through Timo Werner’s first goal for Chelsea.
But a late Erik Lamela goal sent the game into penalties in which Tottenham won 5-4. Jose Mourinho then led his team to defeat Stoke City in the quarter finals of the competition and earned a place in the finals after yesterday’s semi final victory.
In his pre match conference, the Spurs boss had indicated that the game against Brentford was the most important game he has managed since his arrival at Spurs, and his players did not let him down as two goals from Son and Sissoko did the damage for the club.
They now head to Wembley and will face a tough opposition in either Manchester City or Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will expect more from his players if he is to deliver the trophy.
The Portuguese has won the League Cup with each of the two clubs he has coached in England, first with Chelsea and Manchester United and a win with Spurs will only strengthen his credibility in a competition he takes ‘seriously’.
So after 5 years of denying Spurs the opportunity to win, Jose Mourinho is now leading them to Wembley where Tottenham Hotspurs can lift their first major trophy after 13 years.