Sissoko claims Mourinho has given Tottenham "belief" trophies are on their way

Moussa Sissoko admits Jose Mourinho has made Tottenham believe they can be ­winners.

Spurs have not lifted ­silverware since the League Cup in 2008 but made it back to the final of the competition by beating Brentford 2-0.

Sissoko opened the ­scoring in the semi-final and Mourinho has his sights set on landing this trophy for a fifth time at Wembley on April 25.

Spurs have gone close in recent seasons, losing two semi-finals, a League Cup final, missing out in the title race and the ­Champions League final under previous manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Mourinho was brought in to replace Pochettino because of his brilliant CV and reputation for always delivering trophies and ­Sissoko says the players believe they are on the cusp of a new era of ­success with the serial-winner in charge.

“He gives us that belief, we just need to trust him because he won many titles with every team where he’s been,” said Sissoko.

“He knows how to win. We need to believe in what he says, give our best on the pitch, to fight and if we do it then we will be close to doing something good.

“It’s so important. This club deserves it first of all, this club has been waiting for a trophy for many years and we’ve been close to winning something but we didn’t for different reasons.

“This season we can still win something. We’ve a good squad, a strong squad with a lot of quality and need to believe in ­ourselves. Hopefully we can bring one or even more trophies.”

Sissoko experienced the near misses under ­Pochettino and, despite having respect for the ­former boss, clearly has bought into the philosophy of Mourinho, who won the League Cup three times in two spells with Chelsea and once with Manchester United.

His style of football does not always please Spurs fans but in an era when it is increasingly difficult to win, let alone with style, Mourinho does at least give them genuine hope.

Sissoko said: “We know what type of manager Jose is and what he did in the past. The chairman brought him here to win trophies and he’s tried to bring that mentality to the team. I’ll not say we didn’t have it before with the old manager but the team’s working a lot on it and he pushes hard every day on it.

“It’s good we reached the final, now we have to win it. It’s time to win a trophy.

“It can be an exciting season but we need to keep fighting like we have since the start 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.”

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