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"We have been close against the top six clubs"

Thomas Frank looks ahead to our trip to Stamford Bridge

2 April 2022

Ahead of our short trip to Chelsea, Thomas Frank met the media yesterday to preview our clash against The Blues. As well as building-up to the game against Thomas Tuchel's men, Thomas gave the latest team news, assessed the run-in, and spoke about the re-introduction of five subs. Watch Thomas' press conference below.  

Team News …

Everyone came back fresh and available. We are ready to go and are looking forward to the game.

The run-in …

We know it will be intense. I have learned to try and relax a bit more in these international breaks, so I’m refreshed and ready to go again. A big part of being a Head Coach, Manager, or leader, is that you have energy and can, hopefully, bring energy to other people.

Chelsea …

I hope we perform well tomorrow and get a result because we have been close against the top six clubs. It will be unbelievably difficult going to Stamford Bridge against a top Chelsea side. Thomas Tuchel and his staff have done an unbelievable job under very tough circumstances. We haven’t had the margins with us in these bigger games so, hopefully, we can get some points in games where all the bookmakers say we have no chance.

They are a team of World Class players. They are a team, with a coach, who won the Champions League last year and who have a chance to win it again this year. If we can go there and win, it will be the result of the season for us. We will go there and do everything we can. We know they are massive favourites and nine out of ten times they will win.

Five subs …

I like it. I like the tactical flexibility you have. If you want to press really aggressively it gives you some opportunities. We voted for it.

Finishing off the campaign …

At the start of the season, we didn’t know how good we would be, how well we would perform, or how many bumps there would be in the road. We know a Premier League season is relentless, playing against the best teams in the world. I had a good feeling going into it and I hoped that we would be an asset to the Premier League. I think we have showed that quite a lot and I think we could have had even more points.

The toughest thing about the Premier League is that you can go into these long periods where you don’t win so the relief of getting three points is big. You grow a little bit more in confidence and are a little bit more resilient. Overall, it is about being calm and consistent in our messages to the players and the media. Then things will turn around.

David Raya’s Spain call-up …

It was huge for a football club of our size. We have progressed through the leagues and now we have a player getting his debut for the Spanish national team. It is really, really big and shows that you can play for Brentford and get your debut for one of the biggest national teams in the world. Let’s give David 90 per cent of that because it is all his hard work and then I’d like to give everyone who has worked with him at Brentford credit for his development.

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