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Brentford’s Thomas Frank offers verdict on controversial Leeds United footage

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Brentford manager Thomas Frank has claimed that he does not look to utilise mind games after Leeds United’s ‘mind the gap’ video re-emerged.

The Whites could be in for a heartbreaking afternoon at the hands of Brentford on Sunday as they look to survive relegation, with the Bees potentially delivering a final blow.

It would cap off what’s been an incredible season for Thomas Frank and his side, and one that the fans would savour hugely after the antics of the 2019/20 season.

Leeds managed to seal the Championship title back in 2020 when they kept Brentford at arm’s length towards the back end of the season, despite the best efforts of the West London club and Frank to unsettle Leeds at every turn.

Comments prior to a league meeting in February saw Frank say that Leeds would be afraid coming to Griffin Park, before drawing 1-1 and ending a poor run of form – then winning five on the spin and not conceding a goal.

Not only that, but as the remainder of the season was played behind closed doors, his side’s win over Charlton saw him state in his post-match press conference that Leeds needed to come up with an answer to his side’s impressive form.

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All this pent-up pressure and the mind games that came with it saw Leeds post, and then quickly delete a video after sealing the league title, with Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas chanting ‘Mind the gap, Thomas Frank’.

With Brentford potentially holding Leeds’ fate in their hands, it was bound to come up as a topic in Frank’s pre-match press conference, where he had this answer on the matter (via Jay Harris):

Coming back to bite.

You could see why the club swiftly got rid of the video, knowing that it wasn’t the wisest way to celebrate promotion, with no class, as well as the fact that something like this could happen down the line.

However, it’s too late for that and the Bees could well have the last laugh here.

I’m still confident that we have enough to stay up over Burnley, but we’ve made this rod for our own back with a poorly planned second season in the league.

As for Frank’s claims that he doesn’t do mind games – that looks like a lie. The issue is, they’ve barely worked for him either.

There’s a reason most managers don’t talk about other clubs or players, because of things like this.

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