Leeds United fear Brentford says Bees boss Thomas Frank in bold pre-game outburst
Leeds United 'fear' Brentford and couldn't pick a worse venue for tomorrow night's game than Griffin Park, says Bees boss Thomas Frank.
The Dane spoke to the media today to preview the game between Marcelo Bielsa's Whites and his fourth-placed Brentford and he came out fighting.
He pointed to the advantage his side have thanks to their momentum, which contrasts with a Leeds side who have lost four of their last five Championship games, and while recognising the intensity with which United play, claimed Bielsa's men will be fearful of their visit to the capital.
"We definitely have more momentum than Leeds right now," he said.
"They play with an extreme intensity, higher than any other team in this division which we can only praise them for [and] everyone knows how much I respect Marcelo Bielsa and what he has done to build up Leeds as a club and as a team but they couldn't pick a worse place to play Tuesday night.
"I am 100 per cent sure that they fear us going into this game but that is not to say that we are just going to win it. I promise you one thing, we will be absolutely at it and ready to attack."
The second-versus-fifth game is not, in his estimation, a season-defining encounter.
"Of course it is a big game for various reasons," said the 46-year-old.
"It is two of the best football sides in the division who I hope just want to go out and attack and create a top match. May the best team win.
"Is it going to be decisive for the season, I don't think so. I think it is important for the team which gets the three points. We will do everything we can to get three points and we are very confident."
One of the reasons for Frank's confidence is home comfort. And he believes his side are not carrying the same weight of expectation as sides above them in the table, like Leeds.
"Griffin Park is our fortress," he said.
"Under the lights and with the fans behind us it is going to be a fantastic atmosphere. We can use it a lot if we win but if we lose it, it is not the end of the world.
"There is no doubt that there is more pressure on the other clubs up there from their supporters, the media, and their history but then there is the inside pressure to push on from ourselves which is the same as the other clubs."
Brentford are hoping to have former Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson available again after injury.
The centre-half will be assessed tomorrow, having missed their last four games.
"Everyone is fit and available," said Frank.
"The only one is Pontus Jansson who we will take a call on in the morning. He was out on the grass today which is positive."