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Mads discusses personal and team development

Defender talks after Tottenham draw

27 April 2022

Versatile Mads Bech is delighted with the progress made throughout this season but insists there is much more to come. The 23-year-old Dane has established himself as a rock-solid understudy anywhere across the back five for the Bees this season, playing seven Premier League games. But he insists a large part of his growing reputation as a Mr Reliable is down to the system and structure in place at the Club.

Speaking in the Mixed Zone after Brentford's 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, Mads said: “It's quite easy to get on and play, especially with my teammates because they always help me. We have a very good plan and our structure works well so when new players have to play it's quite easy because everyone knows what they have to do and what their position means. That makes it easy just to slot in.”

Mads starred in the 2-0 curtain raiser against Arsenal but then limped out of the Carabao Cup win over Forest Green Rovers and was sidelined with a knee ligament injury for three months. But the determination to train hard and be ready to step in when needed hailed by Head Coach Thomas Frank has now seen him make seven top flight appearances this term.

“It’s been a bit stop start," he said. "I was injured for the first part of the season, then came back and played a few games and I was a bit off it and I'm playing a bit again now.

“It’s difficult because of course you always want to play as much as possible and keep the shirt, but I'll do my best to play as many minutes as I can for the rest of the season.”

But he added: “We just have to do what's best for the team and then try to play as much as possible. Our togetherness is very good and we are aware that we play for the Club and the team and we don't play as individual players.”

The former Danish Under-21 international believes the side has come a long way since the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham just five months ago: “We've developed throughout the season and got a very good start against them this time, especially in the first half. We were on top of the game.

“When we’ve lost we’ve learned from it. That’s why we were a bit disappointed not to beat Spurs this time. That chance at the end was good and I thought it was going in. It was so close, quite an even game.”

With players like himself, Saman Ghoddos and Mads Roerslev pushing for a start, he is adamant there will be no let-up in the remaining four fixtures: “That’s not how we work. We want to end as high as possible. That’s the aim and that’s been the aim from day one.”

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