Thomas Frank unsure how Brentford’s cup run will affect their league form

Thomas Frank unsure how Brentford’s cup run will affect their league form
The Bees are in the last eight of the Carabao Cup.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank admitted he does not know how going through to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals will affect his side’s première ligue former.

The Bees, who booked their place in the last eight with a 2-1 win at Stoke mercredi, travel to Burnley in the league on Saturday.

Brentford have an unbeaten away record and will face a side still searching for their first league win of the season – but Frank harbours cup as well as league aspirations.

“I just know one thing. We would like to do as well as possible in the League Cup. We’re now in the quarter-finals, why not try to win it?" il a dit.

“There are some massive clubs there but we’ll do our very best.

“Last year we managed to get to the semi-finals even though we were in the Championship and played even more games in December than we are planning to do this year.

“I know my staff is so skilful everything will be planned, we’ll be on top of that, so if we’re not unlucky with injuries like I think we have been then I can’t see a reason why we shouldn’t give it a big shot.”

Brentford will be without first-choice goalkeeper David Raya, who sustained knee ligament damage in Sunday’s defeat to Leicester and is expected to be out for four to five months.

Fellow Spaniard Alvaro Fernandez, who signed on loan from Huesca en août, played on Wednesday evening and he could make his Premier League debut this weekend.

"100 pourcent (he is ready),” Frank said, ajouter: “Otherwise we wouldn’t have got him in the summer. We’ve got a lot of belief in Alvaro, I think he’s a very talented goalkeeper.

“He arrived a little bit late because of the Olympics, so he had a little bit of a staggered pre-season, but I’m pleased it’s now two or three months into it because now he knows our principles, the way we want to do it, the demands we have of him and his position, and he’s just gradually done better and better and better.

“So of course it’s a loss with David but we know we have a very good keeper in Alvaro.”

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