JOSE MOURINHO says the Carabao Cup semi against Brentford is the biggest game of Tottenham reign so far.
Spurs host the Championship Bees in a one-legged showdown as they look to end their 13-year trophy drought.
Asked if Tuesday's game is his most important match since taking over as boss 14 months ago, Mourinho said: “Yes, I think so.
"In the perspective of the club chasing silverware for many years, I would say so.
“Of course we always have important matches.
"Last season we had a match at Palace that would give us participation in this season’s Europa League or not.
"The match against Leeds on Saturday was also very important as we went a few games without a victory in the Premier League.
“But I would say a semi-final is always a very important match – the only one more important is a final.”
Tottenham have not lifted trophy since beating Chelsea 2-1 in extra time in the final of this competition at Wembley in 2008.
Spurs’ last FA Cup triumph was in 1991 while you have to go back all the way to 1961 for the last time they were crowned top flight champs – although they did win the Uefa Cup in 1984.
The Carabao Cup is much maligned, but Mourinho hopes lifting it this season could lead to his club winning more silverware.
He said: “For me every competition is important.
“I won the this competition when it was the Carling Cup in my first season at Chelsea after a few months in England in 2004/05.
"So for me every competition is different and it doesn’t matter the club where you are or the ambitions you have, every competition is important.
“That is my way of looking at things, especially at a club without silverware for more than one decade.
“After more than one decade, every competition becomes more important and if we win two matches we win a trophy.
"Two difficult matches, of course, but if we win them we get a trophy which I think would be a very good thing for the club and for the players.”
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