Homas Frank says it’s a privilege to face players like Antonio Conte in the Premier League, but remains hopeful the Italian has yet to infuse Tottenham with his winning mentality, ahead of Thursday’s Premier League clash.
Spurs, meanwhile, haven’t played since they were humiliated by Slovenian minnows MS Mura in the Europe Conference League last week after their Premier League trip to Burnley was called off at the last minute due to snow, which means they haven’t had a chance to bounce back yet. back from the first defeat in Conte’s reign.
“Conte is one of the best managers in the world,” Frank said before the game. “There are two main things I would say [about his teams]. The first is that they are still very structured, strong defensively. Not that they are playing defensively, but they know exactly what they are doing.
“And then they just show a high level mentality. I like to see that the team still reflects the personality of the manager and that he has a very strong mentality. So this structure the defensive side of the game and he will teach them his mindset to make them become a winning team. Hopefully they’re not here yet and we can do something again on Thursday! “
Frank is, like Conte, known to be a passionate and lively figure in the dugout, and when asked if there would likely be fireworks between managers on the sideline, the Bees boss has joked, “If he behaves, there won’t be a problem.” ! ”
“I like the way he’s on the sideline,” added Frank. “I’ve only met him once before, when I was assistant at Brentford under Dean Smith and we faced him in the FA Cup [with Chelsea].
“Of course I didn’t stand there [in the technical area] and I think nothing happened, they were leading in this game, I think they won 4-0. But he was first class after the game and that’s what I’ve always heard about him.
The timing of Conte’s Spurs nomination means Frank finds himself once again tested against one of the best coaches in the world just months after his first season as a top manager.
His Brentford side have previously drawn with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and have been extremely unlucky losing 1-0 to Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel, with clashes against Manchester City under Pep Guardiola and, now, Manchester United under Ralf Rangnick ahead of the end of the calendar year.
“It’s a privilege, a fantastic challenge, I look forward to taking on this challenge every week,” Frank said. “I’m just impatient to go out there and compete against him, but at the end of the day it’s 11 players from Brentford and 11 players from Tottenham.
“Yes, there are two managers on the sideline, but it’s the players who have to do it on the pitch and that’s why I am privileged to have good players and I trust them.”