European football matchday: Spurs host second-tier Brentford in League Cup; Sevilla in Copa del Rey second round

Brentford are in fourth place in the 24-team Championship and have beaten four Premier League teams to get to their first ever cup semifinal.

The Associated Press January 05, 2021 14:06:04 IST
European football matchday: Spurs host second-tier Brentford in League Cup; Sevilla in Copa del Rey second round

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has called the Brentford game the biggest since his arrival in 2018. AFP

A look at what's happening around European football on Tuesday:

ENGLAND

Tottenham host second-tier Brentford in the League Cup semifinals, with manager Jose Mourinho saying it is the biggest match since he arrived at the club in November 2018.

Mourinho was brought to Tottenham to end the club's wait for a trophy, which stretches to 2008, and are looking to win the League Cup for a fifth time — after three with Chelsea and one with Manchester United.

"It's not about me, it's not about me four or five times, or me winning at three clubs, it's not about me at all," Mourinho said. "It's about my club, it's about the players who want trophies, it's about fans who want trophies."

Brentford are in fourth place in the 24-team Championship and have beaten four Premier League teams to get to their first ever cup semifinal.

"I have studied football for many years and Jose is one of the greatest of all time so it's a privilege to play against his team," Brentford manager Thomas Frank said. "I admire him a lot for having that fantastic career. But when the whistle blows it's just another bloke standing in the dugout."

Tottenham are without right back Matt Doherty, who is suspended, while forward Erik Lamela will play no part after being pictured breaking coronavirus rules with two teammates over the Christmas period. The winner will meet Manchester City or Manchester United in the final.

SPAIN

Sevilla and four other first-division sides face second-round matches in the Copa del Rey against lower-tier opponents.

Sevilla visit third-division Linares, while Villarreal are at Zamora, Getafe at Córdoba, Celta Vigo at Eivissa, and Valladolid at Marbella.

Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui has left out Jesus Navas, Lucas Ocampos and Diego Carlos to give them extra rest. Celta's match on the island of Ibiza will be played on artificial turf.

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