Famous last words R us.
Mourinho understands football and he understands football fans. The meaning of silverware – even the commercially devalued domestic cups – can count for a lot, especially when your side is not quite firing on all cylinders.
This afternoon’s XI sees Gazzaniga, Aurier, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen (C), Sessegnon, Winks, Eriksen, Lucas, Dele, Son all start. It ought to be mentioned here that it might be of note that the gaffer has handed Jan Vertonghen the captaincy.
Fans of my generation still value domestic cups, we were brought up on them (for a while), and whilst they don’t pay the bills quite as aggressively as winning the Premier League of the Champions League, the shivers down our spines don’t really care about that.
Parrott, Skipp and Tananga are on the bench and will surely be introduced when Jose feels the time is right, and not before.
Kick-off is scheduled for 14:01hrs and the game is live on BT Sport – who unlike Amazon Prime – broadcast in real time!