Ian Westbrook has been keeping a beady eye peeled and an ear to the ground ahead of the Chelsea clash… The media coverage of Brentford has really ramped up on Friday and Saturday. Here is a selection of some of the articles you can find online with less than 24 hours to go to the game!
Uwe Rosler expects Chelsea to underestimate Brentford in Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round clash at Griffin Park.
“They will take the game seriously,” he told the Daily Mail. “Chelsea will still have an extremely strong team. I still think their players will underestimate us. It’s a human reaction.”
Chelsea will concentrate on their football and try “to create good news and keep everyone happy” says manager Rafael Benitez.
“When you see where we are and what we are trying to do, it’s a pity that sometimes you have these bad headlines,” he told the Mirror.
On Sunday afternoon, for the first time in three decades, every seat at Griffin Park will be filled.
“We haven’t sold it out in all the years I’ve been chairman,” Greg Dyke tells the Telegraph. “Not even when we beat Sunderland a few years back. This is a one-off. My suggestion was to put the ticket prices up and give the money to the manager for the rest of the season.”
On the Eden Hazard/ballboy incident, goalkeeper Richard Lee says: “Eden Hazard didn’t seem to give him quite enough time. But the guy was slow at getting the ball. It was a little bit funny watching them wrestle. Let’s not pretend it wasn’t.”
“The thing with Lampard is, he’s a fantastic penalty taker but if he steps up I’ll have every confidence of saving it,” Moore tells Yahoo/Eurosport
Former Brentford manager Steve Perryman says the Bees should take giant-killing inspiration from League Two side Bradford City’s run to the Capital One Cup final when they face European champions Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.
“Bradford are a shining light to all lower division teams,” Perryman, a two-time FA Cup winner during a 17-year Tottenham career, told BBC Sport. “To beat three Premier League sides, whatever teams they picked, gives everyone hope.”
JOHN TERRY has warned Chelsea to be fired up at Brentford tomorrow — or risk an FA Cup shock.
JT is expected to start his first match since November at Griffin Park, where he faces his mate Harlee Dean.
Terry added: “I see a lot of myself in Harlee.
“It’s going to be nice for us to come up against each other for the first time.”
The 30-year-old told the Daily Star: “The natural thing for a keeper to go through is penalties.
“Imagining if Torres takes it, where I think it’ll go. If Lampard takes it, where I think it’ll go. Just to get that feeling.
“There is nothing wrong with day-dreaming and that’s what visualisation is – just glorified daydreaming.
“Is it a derby? That’s a good question,” Ralph Clifton, landlord of The Griffin pub, all burnished brass pumps, polished mahogany bar and frosted-glass windows, tells The Times.
“There’s no real hostility between the two teams, I don’t think.”
As their fourth-round FA Cup tie against Chelsea looms, the BBC’s former director general tells the Independent’s Glenn Moore why Brentford’s ‘real football’ means being chairman at Griffin Park is preferable to being a Manchester United director
If Brentford are seeking reasons to believe they can produce one of the most notable FA Cup shocks of recent times, they need look no further than the results of Clayton Donaldson’s hometown club Bradford
“Bradford knocking out Arsenal gives you the inspiration to think something similar can be done here and you start to believe,” Donaldson told Standard Sport. “We have to think we can do the same. Who knows?”
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler has urged his players to believe in themselves and make the most of their opportunity to upset the European champions.
“This is one game, a one-off chance and an opportunity that doesn’t come very often so we have to go for it and make the most of it,” he told West London Sport.
“It will be very, very difficult but we have to believe we can win the game. There is a chance, an outside chance, and we have to make it tough for them so they must go to their limit to win it.”
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