Brentford head coach Thomas Frank has revealed how he thinks the Bees can compete with some of the richest football clubs in the world.
The west London side have one of the smallest budgets in the Premier League and were promoted from the Championship with fewer resources than many other EFL sides.
Brentford were beaten by Brighton – who are among Europe’s biggest spenders since reaching the top flight – and face Manchester City on Wednesday, and Frank gave his thoughts on how the Bees can continue challenging teams with far bigger budgets.
“I think it would be almost impossible to be competitive against a team like Man City – not just for one game, of course. In one game, anything can happen,” Frank said at his latest press conference.
“We’ve seen this season they lost to Crystal Palace at home where one mistake from them, a goal, a red card [cost them].
“Especially a team like City, they must be one of the teams with the best stats against teams at the lower end of the table because they’re dominating so much.
“But of course against a team like Brighton, we didn’t show it in the first half but in general before that game both teams were on 20 points. I think we’ve shown that so far the challenge is to do it week in week out for one season, two seasons, three seasons, four seasons. That’s where you need to do an unbelievable job as staff and the players need to do well and hope to build.
“I think it’s possible [to be competitive without spending huge amounts] if you have a clear strategy and work very hard, if you try to develop it bit by bit.”