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As if the duty dealing with sides set to play Manchester City wasn’t sufficiently big Thomas Frank has put into context simply how robust a activity his Brentford facet face tonight by saying he thinks City can repeat their treble success this season.
City gained the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup final yr – changing into simply the second English membership to take action – in a season that may stay lengthy within the reminiscence.
While some would see such an achievement as a one-off, Frank feels Pep Guardiola and his gamers might match the feat.
“They are flying at the moment, I think it is 10 wins and a draw in the last 11 games,” Frank stated. “They are on track for doing the undoable – winning the treble again. I don’t think any team in the world in history has won the treble twice as a club.
“It is still possible for them, of course they will not talk about it – Pep will say ‘no, no, no. One game at a time’. All that boring stuff like I do!
“They have got the best players and best team in the world. End of discussion. With perhaps the best manager in the world.
“Do players or managers have that hunger or determination any more? Do they lose it? It doesn’t feel like they lose it – they can do something never done in history and I think that is what drives them every single day.”
Brentford additionally did what some would possibly contemplate the ‘undoable’ – the double over Guardiola’s facet. Ivan Toney scored twice in a 2-1 win on the Etihad Stadium in November earlier than Ethan Pinnock’s late objective gave Brentford a 1-0 victory within the reverse recreation on the ultimate day of the marketing campaign.
The sides come into the match with differing types. City have gained their previous eight in all competitions whereas the hosts have gained simply two of their previous 10.
“It’s going to be unbelievably difficult for us on Monday night, but the good news for Brentford fans is that we have big belief and big determination,” Frank admitted.
“We know that we are difficult for any team to play against, even Man City. The percentages are against us to win the game, but we believe we can.”