Brentford manager Thomas Frank relishing his side’s underdog status after bright Premier League start



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homas Frank admits he takes extra pride from Brentford’s success being achieved “against the odds”.

Brentford return to action after the international break seventh in the Premier League, and with a first top-flight visit from neighbours Chelsea since March 1947.

Fulham and QPR have been frequent west London visitors in recent years, but it is a measure how far Brentford have come under Frank that it is the European champions who are now making the short journey across the capital.

Thomas Tuchel’s league leaders are packed with international talent and this summer smashed their transfer record to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for a reported £97.5million.

“Our feeling of being proud of this performance to achieve promotion to the Premier League is massive,” said Frank, whose side are four points adrift of pacesetters Chelsea after taking 12 from their opening seven games.

“The feeling would be big no matter if we were clearly the best club with the most money in the Championship. It’s that bit extra, you’re even more proud when it’s a little bit against the odds.

“You know you don’t have the most money, you are a smaller club, you build it over time – and that definitely gives me fantastic satisfaction.

“I think when you are up there as the best teams – and City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man United are the four teams that stand out – all of them have much more money.

“They are very proud when they win the title, but when you compete against the odds I think that gives you bigger satisfaction.”

Newcastle’s takeover has been completed since Brentford last played, the 2-1 win at West Ham that extended the Bees’ unbeaten Premier League run to three games.

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