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Theo Archibald on 'absolutely ideal' Italy tour

Scottish winger reacts to Inter Milan win and Italian experience with Brentford B

27 October 2017

Theo Archibald spoke to iFollow after Wednesday afternoon's 3-1 win over Inter Milan. The 19-year-old gave us his take on the match and his time in Italy with Brentford B.

"They were a tougher test than AC Milan," said Theo. "I thought they were a more experienced side. Playing against these kind of teams, the more continental teams, gears you towards playing against European sides and styles of football, which I think everyone wants to do. These kind of tours that we go on are absolutely ideal for that."

As part of a front three that included Justin Shaibu and Sergi Canós, Theo got himself on the scoresheet before the end of the first half.

"I’m obviously happy to get a goal and I think it’s important that we keep winning. We drew 2-2 with Atalanta, beat AC 4-3 and then just beat Inter 3-1. So we have progressed throughout the tour, got used to the teams we are playing and the types of teams we are playing against. I think there are a lot of positives to take from both today and the rest of the tour."

After spending nine days in Italy, Theo told us what he thought of the B Team's latest trip abroad.

"It’s been nice," said Theo. "Obviously, we’re in Milan and it’s a nice city with good food. Sometimes that makes a bit of a difference as well, when you’re actually getting to eat properly.

"The quality of the teams you’re playing against has been good, you know, we played against three Serie A clubs. It’s been a very positive tour overall."

Theo also took some time to discuss the opportunity to play with Sergi Canós and Lewis Macleod, who joined the squad for the final game against Inter Milan on Wednesday.

"It helps to have that bit of experience, they’re used to playing against good players regularly and I think that gives everyone more of a drive to prove to themselves to them and keep up with their level of playing. I think it benefits the whole squad, even though some players might be a little annoyed that they have to sit on the bench, I think on the whole it lifts the whole team."

Arriving at the end of last season, Theo has been at the Club for nearly half a year. He told us about his time in West London so far.

"It’s been great, I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I thought I might have found it a little difficult from time to time being away from home. I was a bit of a mummy’s boy, I’ll admit, but I’ve settled in well. I’m staying with six of my teammates, that bonds you quickly together. That includes Ali Coote, who was new as well, and only arrived a month before I did. I’ve settled in well and I’m enjoying life at Brentford and just want to keep working hard."


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