Pontus Jansson fell in love with Leeds, admits Thomas Frank, boss of Brentford

Brentford‘NS Pontus Jansson will rekindle a love affair with Leeds United when he returned to his old club as a Premier League player.

The 30-year-old former Malmo and Torino centre-back spent three years at Elland Road before joining the Bees in 2019, but has left at a time when the West Yorkshire club are finally back on the top flight.

However, he will face Leeds on Sunday after playing a key role in lifting Brentford at the end of last season.

Head coach Thomas Frank said of his captain: “I think he’s looking forward to it. He always praises Leeds massively, it’s a great time in his career to be there.

“I don’t know if that matters, but I think he’s actually been in love a few times in his life: in Malmo of course, then Leeds and now Brentford so I don’t know if he’s talking. with his wife or not. How will he explain it?

“He’s a man who can give me a lot of love and I think that’s amazing. For him in a way it was a special feeling to be on the pitch even more than for his first time in the Championship because he was so desperate to get promoted with Leeds.

“For whatever reason, it didn’t happen and now it has happened to Brentford, both teams are in the Premier League, so hopefully it will be a very, very good occasion.”

Frank is also enjoying a trip north to lock horns once again with Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, whom he has admired from afar since his days as Denmark Under-16s coach, and who is known attested in a previous meeting that he treasured.

“For me, Bielsa is a big inspiration,” he said. He’s been the man for my entire coaching career.

“The first time I really looked at it was in 2007-08 when he was the head coach of Chile, and they had exactly the same style as they do now at Leeds, and he was a huge inspiration.

“I tried to incorporate some principles into my national under-16 team – the players are bad, because they have to run a lot.

“It was an important moment for me to face him in a game because he is one of the greatest in terms of football development.

“When he tells me before a game that we are a well laid out team defensively and offensively, that my players know what they have to do – he can see it – it makes a difference. It means a lot to me.” Pontus Jansson fell in love with Leeds, admits Thomas Frank, boss of Brentford


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