Brentford boss Thomas Frank says Pep Guardiola is the BIGGEST manager of the modern era as he loves facing the Catalan when his host runs rampant at Manchester City.
- Thomas Frank praised Pep Guardiola ahead of Brentford clash with City
- The Bees boss says the Catalan coach is “the greatest manager of the modern era”
- City soar high atop the Premier League table and in ruthless form
- But Brentford has done well against the league’s top teams so far this quarter
Thomas Frank relishes the chance to pit himself against “the greatest manager of the modern era” when Brentford takes on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Wednesday.
Reigning champions City will head south in the standings after the 6-3 Boxing Day thriller against Leicester scored nine straight league wins, but Frank warned his injured side were not intimidated by the challenge.
The Dane has never faced Guardiola, a coach he said he spent a lot of time studying, but has no illusions about the difficulty.
Thomas Frank relishes facing Man City when Brentford host managers on Wednesday
Frank called Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola “the greatest manager of the modern era”
“We play against the team in the potentially biggest budget division, definitely one of them, and I think the greatest manager of the modern age,” he said.
“Really amazing players and a very good specific style of play that makes it pretty hard for a team like ours to try to get something out of it because they’re so good at holding the ball.
“They hardly ever take any chances – of course you can do a little cons – so it’s going to be very difficult.
‘(Guardiola) a very innovative trainer, always polishing the positions. The way they build from behind and the way they keep the ball and the breakthroughs is something I’ve been studying for years.
“It’s hard to copy, you need decent players, but it’s good to be inspired by it.”
Brentford took a point from Liverpool in a 3-3 draw in September and put Chelsea to work in a 1-0 league loss in October, also losing 2-0 to the Blues in the Cup Carabao earlier this month.
City are in ruthless form for their trip to Brentford, winning nine league games in a row
Brentford kept Liverpool to a 3-3 draw and did well at home against top teams in the league
“The good news is that we played pretty well against Liverpool and Chelsea, the other two best teams in the division,” added Frank.
“The only thing was I wanted to play (City) with a full team and unfortunately we are affected by injuries.”
Vitaly Janelt dated Covid-19, while Bryan Mbeumo joined an injured list that already includes Rico Henry, Mathias Jorgensen, Kristoffer Ajer, David Raya and Josh Dasilva.
Frank misses key personnel for City game due to injuries and Covid
To make matters worse, Janelt’s defensive midfielder Christian Norgaard is suspended after securing his fifth booking in the 2-0 Boxing Day loss to Brighton.
“You’re playing against potentially the best offensive team in the world that is missing a few defensive players, so maybe it’s a bit of a lag, but we’ll find a way, we’ll find a plan,” Frank said.
“We have other players to step in who have to play, so we’ll find a way.”