Brentford boss Thomas Frank has dismissed suggestions West Ham are being distracted from their European antics during Sunday’s London derby.
The Hammers travel across the capital to take on the Bees in the middle of a two-legged Europa League quarterfinal with Lyon.
David Moyes’ men have work to do in France next week after Thursday night’s 1-1 draw at the London Stadium, with a possible round of 16 draw against Spanish giants Barcelona a potential reward.
Frank insists the opposition’s additional signings will have minimal impact as Brentford are on the hunt for a memorable Premier League double.
“Every game is a chance,” said the Dane, whose team won the away game 2-1 in early October. “Obviously I’m aware we’ve had a full week (to prepare) and they’ve had a game.
“But I’ve also seen many times how other teams managed to perform in a three-game week – we did it a lot last year in the Championship.
“If it’s any benefit, it’s a small, small, small thing.
“I am convinced that David Moyes and his players want to do everything they can to finish in the top four or to finish as far as possible.
“So they’re going to come with everything and try to win, there’s no doubt about that.”
While West Ham have been busy with continental competition, Brentford have been working hard on the training pitch, buoyed by last weekend’s emphatic 4-1 win at Chelsea.
The overwhelming success at Stamford Bridge put the Bees nine points clear of the drop zone and seven games remaining in their first top-flight season since 1947.
Former Brondby manager Frank, who guided the club to promotion via the Championship play-offs last May, has ambitions to one day emulate West Ham.
“Every club would dream of Europe,” he said. “I think that’s a big dream for us, but we like to dream big.
“We have strategies and we dare and want to dream big.
“But we also understand that if we’re not in the present, if we’re not training hard every day and just focusing on the next game, there’s absolutely no chance we’ll ever achieve those crazy dreams.”
Despite his lofty long-term ambitions, Frank’s immediate goal is to allay any lingering fears of relegation.
The warden, 48, is keen to ensure his players build on their headline-grabbing humiliation of Thomas Tuchel’s European champions.
“We all know that winning football matches lifts spirits and there were probably (this week) a smile or two more than normal,” he said.
“Obviously this game gave us a lot of confidence. It’s been a tough week the way you’ve been training.
“My last message after debriefing before we went into training on Tuesday was that we are training even harder this week and training at even higher intensity if possible.
“We have to use it to get up front and consistently deliver good performances. But the quality of the training was very, very good.
“I told them, ‘Remember, I believe that when you’re confident, the level you show is the real level.’
“We know there are a lot of things that affect that, so hopefully we can bring that into play on Sunday.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/thomas-frank-expects-hammers-to-be-buzzing-for-match-with-bees-41536520.html Thomas Frank assumes that the Hammers will burn for a match with the Bees