The winners of last season’s Sky Bet Championship play-offs returned to the top flight after a 74-year absence, but from the moment they kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, they have more than done a fist of life among the aristocrats of English football. .
They will head into Monday night’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford with 40 points already conceded and anything but mathematically certain and given their starting point, this represents a significant achievement in Frank’s book.
The Dane told the club’s official website: “When you enter a Premier League season as a promoted side, you don’t know exactly what to expect.
“It was even less for us because no member of staff had worked at a Premier League club before and no player had played either – two minutes from Ivan Toney and two minutes from Sergi Canos don’t count. “
Mid-season signings Christian Eriksen, Mathias Jorgensen and Jonas Lossl knew the Premier League well, but Frank continued: “When we played the first game it was without any experience.
“What did we expect? I don’t know exactly, but I know we wanted to aim as high as possible, try to attack and be an asset to the league.
“I was convinced that we could do something. That was the message to the players.”
While the Bees have enjoyed a successful campaign, this weekend’s opponents fell far short of their own expectations.
United’s struggles were such that they fired the services of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, although Frank knows they will always be formidable opponents.
He said: “The club is perhaps the biggest in world football with what it has created over the years.
“The team are obviously struggling to achieve their ambitions – I can say that without any disrespect. They’ve had a difficult season.
“It’s always not right when you have to fire a head coach because something is wrong. I’m pretty sure their expectations had to be higher.
“It’s still a team of world-class players – [Jadon] Sancho, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Bruno] Fernandes and [Marcus] Rashford is among the best offensive players in the league on his best day.
“It’s a huge challenge. We’re waiting impatiently.”
‘We had no experience’: Thomas Frank hails Brentford’s Premier League debut
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