Moussa Sissoko insists Tottenham are “still in the race” for the Premier League title despite their recent wobble and says Jose Mourinho has got the Spurs squad full of belief in their search for silverware. The north London outfit booked their spot in the Carabao Cup final this week by beating Brentford.
Spurs have only won two of their past seven Premier League matches with back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and draws to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Wolves halting their momentum.
Mourinho’s men did bounce back against Leeds at the weekend with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min back among the goals and the assists.
And the 2-0 win over Brentford to secure a Wembley showdown in the final of the League Cup in April will only further boost confidence.
Spurs are without a trophy since winning the same competition in 2008 and have not won the league since 1961, with Mourinho tasked with doing what Mauricio Pochettino didn’t by ending those droughts.
And Sissoko, scorer of the first goal in the victory against Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford, says Mourinho has instilled the belief in the squad that they can do so.
The Portuguese coach has won 25 major trophies in his career including three Premier League titles with Chelsea and four League Cups with the Blues and Manchester United.
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In addition to their hopes of cup success, French midfielder Sissoko insists Spurs are far from out of the title mix as Manchester United and Manchester City begin to catch fire.
With Liverpool winning just two points from an available nine in their last three games, United can go three points clear at the top while City will be one point back from the Red Devils if they win their two matches in hand.
Spurs have played one game less than reigning champions Liverpool meanwhile and will go one point behind the Merseyside side by winning their extra game, despite losing at Anfield last month.
Sissoko said: “He [Mourinho] gives us that belief, we just need to trust him because he won many titles in every team where he’s been. He knows how to win.
“We just need to believe in what he says, give our best on the pitch, to fight and if we do it then we are going to be close to doing something good.
“It is so important. This club deserves it first of all, this club has been waiting for a trophy for many years and, like I said before, we’ve been close to winning something for many years in the past but we didn’t for different reasons.
“But this season we can still win something. We have a good squad, a strong squad with a lot of quality and we just need to believe in ourselves. Let’s fight until the end and hopefully we can bring one or even more trophies.
“We know what type of manager Jose is and what he did in the past, I think the chairman brought him here to win trophies and he’s tried to bring that mentality to the team.
“I will not say we didn’t have it before with the old manager but the team is working a lot on it and he pushes hard every day on it. Now, it’s good that we reach the final, now we have to win it.
“Yes, it’s time to win a trophy. I think for many years we missed that kind of opportunity and now we want to take it.
“We have qualified for one final, I hope we are going to win it, there’s still plenty of games before that final and I hope we can still do a lot of things.
“We are still in the race for the league, we’ve got the other cup to play, the Europa League as well and so there’s plenty of things to do with the team this season.
“Let’s believe in ourselves, let’s keep fighting and let’s try to win every game and see what we can do.
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“It can be an exciting season but we need to keep fighting like we have since the beginning of the season.
“We had two games where we were struggling a little bit against Leicester and even Palace but the season is still long, there’s still plenty of things to do.”
Mourinho meanwhile declared post-Brentford of his side’s attitude towards the cups: “If there is any secret it’s to take it seriously. To respect what English football is, what English clubs are, what English lower divisions are, and try to not be surprised in any of the games from smaller quality.
“When you have like we had this season a game against Chelsea to go serious and with ambition. Apart from that there is no other secret.
“What I sense in the team is exactly that desire. I’m not saying winning mentality, I’m not saying we are this or that. I just say we are honest people.
“The guys since the first game against Chelsea, then Stoke, and now the guys took it seriously. And that’s what I hope to do on Sunday in Crosby against Marine [in the FA Cup third round]. Try to be serious, respect the opponents, and try to progress.
“If you see the winners you realise the big clubs want to win it. Who was the last winner apart from the normal top six? Swansea?
“I remember Man City winning a lot of times, Chelsea winning a lot of times, I remember United winning a few times. I remember Liverpool in finals, Arsenal.
“The big clubs care about it. The final says a lot. Tottenham against Manchester City or Tottenham against Manchester United.”
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