Brentford reaching a first ever major semi-final showed their rise

Brentford reaching a first ever major semi-final was yet another indication of their rise – despite defeat, don’t be surprised if they are back in illustrious company in the Premier League next season

  • Tottenham are through to the Carabao Cup final after beating Brentford 2-0
  • However, Brentford shouldn’t be dispirited as they played well against Spurs
  • The Bees are seeking Championship promotion to the Premier League this term

Brentford’s run to their first ever major semi-final said plenty about their growing reputation. So too did Jose Mourinho.

For what he called the biggest game of his Tottenham reign so far, Mourinho further underlined his respect for the west Londoners.

‘We have a semi-final against a team that plays in the Championship but has enough quality to play in the Premier League,’ said Mourinho, who took no risks by fielding a strong side.

Brentford should be proud of their showing against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final

The Bees lost 2-0 against Spurs on Tuesday night, but there is plenty of optimism for the club

‘l analyse them as a Premier League team.’

Brentford have never reached such lofty-heights but done plenty to display their credentials.

They missed out on a Premier League place only after losing last season’s Championship play-off final and responded with a 16-game unbeaten run – the best in the country – to propel themselves back into promotion contention again.

Four wins over top-flight opposition to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals suggested they would have been able to hold their own.

Brentford’s last couple of years under Thomas Frank especially have fuelled that belief that it may only be a matter of time before they get the chance.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has built a side that are bidding for Premier League promotion

This latest piece of club history, a first ever major semi-final and feat in itself, was yet another indication of their rise, underpinned by their well-documented, analytics-driven recruitment model from which a few top-flight clubs could also learn.

The gulf between Brentford and Spurs was clear to see in numerous ways such as the cost of the two teams or respective CVs and experience of the two managers, Mourinho in his 24th semi-final to Frank’s first.

Though Spurs could not begin to truly feel like they were on their way to Wembley until the 70th minute when Son Heung-min fired in their second seven minutes after Ivan Toney had a goal ruled out following the tightest of offside calls.

Son’s strike sealed a job well done for Spurs and claiming a fifth Premier League scalp ultimately proved too big an ask for Frank’s side.

But few will be surprised if they are back in such illustrious company on a regular basis sooner or later.

It won’t be long before they’re playing the likes of Tottenham on a regular basis in the top flight

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