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Ilias Chatzitheodoris targets league minutes

Fullback hoping to push into First Team plans

13 November 2017

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis is hoping to impress Dean Smith in the coming weeks and get himself some action in the Sky Bet Championship. He sat down with us to talk training, Brentford B and he started off with a comment on Italy last month.

"It was a good trip," said Ilias, speaking to iFollow on Monday afternoon. "We were playing against good teams in Milan and Inter. It was a good experience for us to play in Europe as well, and I enjoy these games a lot. It was a good trip.

"Of course, it's good as well that on trips like those you get a lot of time outside of the pitch in the hotel with your teammates. It's nice to be all together and I think it helps you on the pitch as well, feeling closer together and playing more like a team."

The Greek fullback took some time to evaluate his season so far in the red and white of Brentford's First and B teams.

"I think it's been a good season so far for me," said Ilias. "I've played three games for the First Team in the Carabao Cup. I'm really happy about this, and I felt these were good games for me.

"The last game against Norwich, the score was disappointing and we didn't progress to the next round, but overall I was happy to have played those games."

With an injury to Rico Henry, and with Tom Field on loan at Bradford City, Ilias becomes The Bees' backup left-back. This is a responsibility Ilias is very happy to take on.

"Even when I was playing in just the cup games, I was feeling good. I was waiting to get a chance in the league games as well and so now I'm working hard in training every day to get that chance.

"After training with them a lot, every day since September, it's been really nice. I enjoy it because I'm training with players who play in the league where I want to be involved. That's good for me."

Ilias acknowledges that he uses his time in either team as a chance to improve himself. He said: "I've been training with the First Team and playing B Team games because I need some minutes. If I'm not involved with the First Team or playing with them then I always am happy to play for the B Team and I always give 100% to them."

The 20-year-old is focused on getting more experience and says the lads have been welcoming since the day he first started training at the top level at Jersey Road.

"Especially after the first games I played in the cup, afterwards in training as well, that's when they welcomed me. They helped me a lot to be more confident on the ball and every thing else to. That was very nice.

"That's my target now; to have more minutes, get a league game and play for this team."


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