Brentford 'more mature' than ever and back at Wembley for play-offs

Brentford are fuelled by Nutella sandwiches and back at Wembley after play-off win against Bournemouth – with Pontus Jansson claiming ‘more mature’ team are better prepared than ever for promotion

  • Brentford beat Bournemouth to secure a spot in the Championship play-off final 
  • Pontus Jansson believes Brentford are more prepared than ever for the big push 
  • Captan Jansson says that the team are ‘more mature’ and are now a ‘machine’ 

Brentford are back at Wembley – fuelled by Nutella sandwiches and better prepared for the final push towards the Promised Land.

That’s the view of captain Pontus Jansson, who believes last season’s heartbreak at the hands of Fulham forced Brentford to buy – and breed – more leaders.

Thomas Frank’s side reached a second successive Championship play-off final but the Bees, who haven’t played in the top flight since 1946-47, have the worst play-off record in EFL history – failing in nine campaigns and four finals.

Brentford will be back at Wembley after beating Bournemouth in the Championship play-offs

Jansson insisted: ‘We are more mature, we’re more ready for it. We have more leaders, we are just a machine and keep going whatever happens. 

‘We have Ivan Toney, who always gives us something, and Bryan Mbeumo is another good example of a player who has matured a lot.’

One unsung hero of this brilliant season has been Vitaly Janelt.

Captain Pontus Jansson says Brentford are more prepared than ever for a final promotion push

Thomas Frank’s team will contest their second successive play-off final as they look to go up

Against Bournemouth the 23-year-old midfielder, another example of Brentford’s smart recruitment, scored the vital second goal which put them one away from Wembley.

‘He has been unbelievable. He was a perfect example of a good Brentford signing,’ said Jansson. ‘He is like a German machine – you can always trust him.

‘Janelt ate two white-bread sandwiches with Nutella before the match and said, “That is me, I am a machine, I just go out and play the game”.’

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