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Lasse Vibe on 'most competitive squad' he has seen

Striker sees positives in pre-season among strong group at Griffin Park

28 July 2017

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Lasse Vibe is in a good mood ahead of this weekend's match with Celta viga. The 30-year-old striker faced the gathered press on Thursday afternoon to discuss his thoughts ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

"It's been very positive," said Lasse. "I think we had a very good trip to France, which was probably where we had some of the best sessions since I joined the Club. It was obviously a lot of hard work to do but I think everyone enjoyed it, because it was enjoyable, but it was also very hard. There was also a tactical element so I think we wrapped it up really well.

"We have lots of new faces coming in, lots of really good players. We've got, pretty much, two or three players for every position so it's looking very positive."

The Danish international was then asked about the strength of the playing squad as a whole. Lasse gave a thoughtful answer, being careful not to over do it with his evaluation of the squad in general.

"I don't know if this is the strongest squad," said Lasse. "It's difficult to say because it only takes 11 or 13 players to make a really good team if they stay fit.

"I would say it is the most competitive squad, within the squad there is a lot of competition between almost every player in every position. I think we've got a wide squad, but we'll see in a few months whether it is a strong squad or just a lot of players.

"Over time, you wouldn't want to be the only one in your position because that would just make you feel a little bit too comfortable, and it's not ncessarily good for you. Obviously, you want to play but you also want everyday in training to be inspired and be pushed to be a better version of yourself."

Fullback Henrik Dalsgaard, who turned 28 on Thursday, admitted in his first interview that he spoke to Lasse before joining The Bees this summer. Lasse explained that he gave his fellow Dane the whole picture.

"I am always quite honest with what I tell people. I told him what it was like at Brentford and apparently that was good. I'm not going to lie about it, I said what was good and what was maybe not so good, or could be improved. I think where he was it was a very good step for him, and obviously I thought he was a very good player so I wanted him to come as well.

"It was always up to him to make the decision, I was obviously very open-minded about the Club because I knew it and I've been here for two years. He liked it and now he is here."

Brentford remain unbeaten in pre-season, having played some good quality opposition. Lasse thinks that this puts Brentford in a strong position ahead of Saturday's encounter.

"I think the Southampton game was a good game, I think we played really well, especially in the first 45. We kept the ball and frustrated them, which was a good test for us. Also, it's pre-season so you don't know what they've been doing before the game or the day before, so I don't want to be overly positive about that.

"I think also, this weekend, hopefully playing a very different side to what we are used to will shake us a little bit and we'll see where we are."

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