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'We don't want to be happy with finishing tenth'

Lasse Vibe gives his thoughts on the season, Denmark duty and new signing Henrik Dalsgaard

23 May 2017

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Lasse Vibe is convinced that The Bees can push on next season, admitting that he views a tenth place finish as something to build on. The Danish forward spoke to iFollow today, after learning of his international call-up, to discuss the season before and the season to come.

"I think it was a bit similar to my first season actually," said Lasse, "because there were ups and downs. I do however feel that this season was better, we started off better. We had the same manager throughout the whole season, which has been really good for us.

"I think because we are a young team, at times we had trouble playing against certain type of teams. I think that's been the overall issue for us and if we want to be where we want to be, we have got to be better at that.

"In general, I'm very happy about the season. I think with the players we've got and the money we've spent, we have done quite well."

Brentford finished tenth in the Championship, which secured a third successive season of second tier football at Griffin Park. While he takes positives from the previous campaign, Lasse admitted that the team weren't content in mid-table.

"There's a lot of big teams in the league," he said. "Some teams they get players from the Premier League. The three signings we had last summer from League One have done really well, all three of them. So, I think tenth is good but I don't think we are the type of group that settle for 'good' or 'okay'. We want to climb, we want to progress and we want to be even better. That's what this is all about, we don't want to be happy with finishing tenth."

Lasse has netted some important goals this season, with two against Aston Villa, a double at Nottingham Forest and a brace in the 5-3 comeback at Burton Albion. Lasse felt it was important he stepped up when given his opportunity up top.

"Every goal gives you confidence. I think in general, sometimes as a striker you can do pretty much two of the same games but that one where it hits the post and goes in is very different to the one where it doesn't. I think that's just about learning the game, staying focussed and building up my experience has helped me.

"It's all about once you've scored, you want to keep scoring and that's what I've tried to do."

The 30-year-old has had a busy couple of years with domestic, international and Olympic football on his schedule. He assured us that he was glad to keep himself busy.

"I've just been back home for a few days," he laughed. "There's also international duty during the summer, I'm in the squad there and I'm really pleased about that. I think after the internationals, I'll get a few weeks as well so I will get my rest.

"I think I'm the sort of person and player that also benefits from not resting too much. I like football and I like to train hard and I like to become better. I think if you want to improve, you've got to work hard and that's what I try to do. I don't think six weeks on a beach is going to get me anywhere really."

Lasse was clearly proud of being included in the latest Denmark squad, where he will join new club teammate Henrik Dalsgaard in matches against Germany and Kazakhstan.

"We're taking over," he joked. "I know him from the Danish league, I've played against him a few times. I've also had the pleasure of training with him in the national team.

"He's a good guy, he's very down to earth. He's a good player as well, he likes to go forward from his fullback position so I do look forward to play with him and train with him. Obviously it's always nice to have fellow countryman around and I think he'll settle in just fine with me and a few of the other boys around to protect him."


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