Tottenham Hotspur advanced into the Carabao Cup final on Tuesday evening thanks to goals from Moussa Sissoko and Heung-min Son.
Jose Mourinho now has the chance to win the competition for a fifth time with one of the two Manchester clubs advancing later tonight.
Spurs’ French central midfielder headed home superbly from a deep Sergio Reguilon cross just 12 minutes into the match and after the visitors, Brentford, had a goal ruled out for offside, Son broke free to score a trademark goal midway through the second half.
The north London outfit haven’t won a piece of silverware since 2008, so arguably this is their best shot to buck that trend.
Sissoko received Man of the Match on Sky Sports and was even lauded as a “manager’s dream” by Darren Bent before kick-off [19:16 pm], but it felt as if there were far more worthy candidates to receive the award.
Perhaps none more so than Serge Aurier, who looked back to his best after a recent spell out.
The 28-year-old, who cost Spurs £23m back in 2018, was hooked early during Spurs’ embarrassing defeat to Leicester City and was only recalled to the side following Matt Doherty’s red card against Leeds at the weekend.
And he duly delivered.
Per SofaScore, the Ivorian right-back enjoyed more touches than any other Whites player (87) and did his defensive duties immensely, managing five tackles, one clearance, one block and one interception.
Alasdair Gold at football.london waxed lyrical about Aurier’s display too, grading the Spurs star an eight out of ten, he said:
“A bit wayward in the first half with his play but made a terrific block to deny Toney in the Spurs box. Moments later, he skied an effort over himself from a good position in the Brentford area. Defended well for much of the game.”
Indeed, he was a little wasteful in possession, losing the ball 20 times but overall, it was a storming showing from Aurier and one that certainly puts his name back on the map amid links to PSG and speculation over a fresh contract in north London.
After dropping the £120k-per-week beast for Doherty just a few games ago, Mourinho now faces a massive headache going into this weekend’s FA Cup clash with non-league Marine.
Does he stick or twist? Does he bring in a youth player instead? Only time will tell.
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