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"I believe that the level you show when you are confident is your true level"

Head Coach Thomas Frank looks ahead to our visit from West Ham United

10 April 2022

We've got another London derby to look forward to this afternoon as we take on West Ham United at the Brentford Community Stadium. On the back of last Saturday's 4-1 victory over Chelsea, Thomas Frank sat down with the media on Friday to preview today's action. Get the thoughts from The Bees boss ahead of our game against The Hammers below. 

Latest Team News ...

The same squad that was available against Chelsea is available again on Sunday.

Josh Dasilva is progressing well and starting to train with the team so let’s see. Maybe next week is too early, maybe he could, hopefully, be involved.

Frank Onyeka picked up a minor ankle injury away with Nigeria – it is a ligament inside the foot. I don’t know the exact timeframe but it will at least be a couple of weeks.

Confidence from Chelsea ...

We all know that winning football matches helps the mood and there was a smile or two more than normal. This game gives us a lot of confidence. I said to the players after training that it’s been a top week with the way they trained. My last message after the debrief on Tuesday was to make sure that we train a bit harder this week and with an even higher intensity where possible. We need to use this to push forward and consistently put in good performances. The quality in training has been very good. I believe that the level you show when you are confident is your true level. Hopefully we can bring this into the game on Sunday.

West Ham's strengths ...

Every game is an opportunity. I am aware that we had a full week, and they play a game but I’ve seen a lot of teams manage to perform in a three-game week. We did that a lot of times last year in the Championship. If it is any advantage, it is a minor thing. David Moyes and his players want to do everything to push for top four so they will come with everything to try to win.

West Ham are extremely good on the half-transitions when they get the ball up to the final third. They have real quality in Antonio, Bowen, Fornals, and, of course, Benrahma. On the counter and half openings, they have real pace and skill to progress. On set-pieces, they are really strong.

Staying in the moment ...

We are very aware this is a relentless league. If you think we’ve beaten Chelsea and now we are too big, then it can easily go the other way. For me, the next training and the next game is the most important thing and then trying to end as high as possible. Then we can look back on a very good season. We still have seven games and a very difficult game on Sunday.

Every club dreams about Europe. It is a big dream for us, but we like to dream big. A big thing is that we have strategies and we dare to dream big but we also understand that, if we are not in the here and now, training hard every day and focusing on the next game only, there is no chance whatsoever that we will ever reach these crazy dreams.


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