Brentford midfielder Onyeka: We can win Champions League and look forward to game against Chelsea
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Brentford midfielder Onyeka: We can win Champions League and look forward to game against Chelsea

Brentford midfielder Onyeka says he wants to bring European nights to the club and believes it is well within reach under head coach Thomas Frank.

Onyeka played a key role in the team’s 9th place finish in the Premier League last year, an all-time record for the club. The Nigerian midfielder has experience of playing in the Champions League at his previous club Middelburg and sees no reason why Brentford cannot achieve a similar result.

Onyeka told LiveScore: “I would love to play in the Champions League again. I think as a club we can play in Europe. I think that’s our goal as well.”

“So playing in the Champions League with Brentford would be great. How long do you think that will take? I don’t know, you tell me! But we will wait and see.”

Brentford finished a surprising 9th in 2022-23, which was only a second season in the Premier League for them.

Onyeka insisted that Frank’s side have always believed that finishing in the top four was achievable, with the Danish manager instilling a belief that they can beat any team in the league.

He added: “We want to be in the top half of the table. So finishing 9th is what we expected.”

“We are very happy with the end of last season. The goal for this season is to do better.”

“He (Frank) has always instilled in us a belief that we can go anywhere and win. That’s why we had some good results against the giants last season.”

“I think we can do the same this season.”

Brentford beat some of the Premier League giants last season, including a double against Manchester City and an away win against Chelsea. They will face Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.

Brentford midfielder Onyeka: We can win Champions League and look forward to game against Chelsea

Despite Brentford’s poor start to the season, with just two wins in nine games, Onyeka believes they can trouble Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

He said, “Obviously, we know how good they are. They have some very good players.”

“But we always believe that we can go to any stadium and get a win and I think that’s what we’re going to go there for.”

“We like to play the giants. We need to be at the top level to do well because if we slack off in any way we will be punished.”

Brentford are currently 14th in the table but Onyeka believes last weekend’s 3-0 win over Burnley could be the springboard for them to climb the table.

The 14-time national team representative said, “It might not have been the start we wanted. But as a club and as a player we need to keep going.”

“We won last week and we want to win this week as well.”

The Super Eagles star was also encouraged by the performances of Brian Mbeumo and Yana Wisa, who have scored eight goals in the absence of last season’s top scorer Ivan Tone.

Onyeka added: “It’s good because when you see someone missing, there is a need for someone to fill the void and the other players have done very well. As a club, we have that option that when someone is absent, they can pick up where they left off last time and move on.”

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