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"We will always try to tweak it to find a bigger possibility to open the game"

Thomas Frank gives his thoughts ahead of tonight's action at home to Cardiff City

20 April 2021

Head Coach Thomas Frank spoke with the press on Monday to look ahead to tonight's visit from Cardiff City. The Bees boss discussed the Bluebirds' form, the race for the top two, and gave his personal views on the proposed European Super League.

Thomas on the latest team news ...

It will be the same squad for tomorrow’s game [as Millwall]

Thomas on Cardiff City ...

There have been a lot of must-win games. We will go out there, take initiative and do everything we can to win the game. We know Cardiff City are a good side; they bring big physicality, they are by far the best in the league at set-pieces, and are very difficult to break down. Kieffer Moore has had a very good season, Harry Wilson is a top player, and they have other players we have to be aware of. Cardiff may not have much to play for mathematically even though I think seventh is better than eighth and eighth is better than ninth. We know it is going to be an unbelievable battle where we need to match them physically and be very good on the ball.

I am looking forward to welcoming Mick McCarthy to our new stadium. He has been in charge of teams for more than 1000 games which is incredible. He has my deepest respect for giving everything to the game. Instantly he had an impact. They won six games in a row to get within touching distance of the Play-Offs. The Championship is the Championship and it is so difficult to get that unbelievable consistency. He has stabilised them and got them up to a higher level but you can’t forget that Neil Harris did a good job before that as well getting them into the Play-Offs last season.

Thomas on tactical tweaks ...

The system we played against Millwall was the same as we played against Preston and there were still bits that worked really well. When we watched the game back we realised that we got into some really good situations where we then didn’t have the decisive quality in the pass, decision, or touch to make the breakthrough. That is what we have been working on. We will always try to tweak it a bit whether that be the system, players, or positions to find a bigger possibility to open the game.

Thomas on the top two race ...

It will come down to the last round most likely. We need to do our job. I am aware of the games that Watford have got left but it is all about how can I prepare the team like we did on the training pitch today and how can we maximise the performance to get the win we want on Tuesday night. We have seen it change after each round that one team is on an unbelievable run and then another one is so it goes up and down. I am pretty sure that Watford are not going to win their next four games; if they do I will just clap my hands. We know what we need to do which is win the next game.

Thomas on proposed European Super League plans ...

From a club perspective that statement needs to come from Rasmus Ankersen or Phil Giles. For me personally, I honestly don’t get it. Football is a big, organic organism that needs to work together and take care of each other. Football was created by the poor but is being close to being spoiled by the rich. At this moment in time, I can’t get it. What I like about Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but especially Bayern, is that they know they are the biggest club in Germany but there are a lot of examples where they have helped other clubs because they know they need others to compete; they need an organic system underneath them to grow football. [The Super League] will kill football this way, at least the joy. It is not for me.

Everyone who works in football needs to understand it is a massive privilege and we have a big responsibility to make it an on-going joy for everyone who loves football around the world. I know you need to be bigger and better to compete but there must be another way.

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