Yoane Wissa on life at Brentford, realising his Premier League dream and that Liverpool equaliser | Football News

It’s only been a short while, but Yoane Wissa has already written her name in Brentford folklore. A late draw in September’s 3-3 thriller against Liverpool introduced him to Premier League fans, and a 94th-minute winner against West Ham came the following week.

“Against Liverpool, it’s crazy because it was my first time playing at home in the Premier League,” says Wissa with a broad friendly smile she wears for much of the interview before Brentford’s trip to Brighton on Boxing Day, in live on Sky Sport.

“When I came in we were losing 3-2 and then I scored 3-3. It’s so crazy because my whole family was there at the stadium, my mum cried. It was a very good feeling because we scored three goals against a great one. team, one of the largest in the world and we drew.

“After we went to West Ham and at the last minute I scored and we won. It’s not the same feeling, but I think the best thing was that I scored two goals in two games and I hope to score a lot of goals again.”

The striker also grabbed attention with a unique celebration, sitting on the floor in a yoga-inspired cross-legged pose.

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Yoane Wissa explained how her goal celebration came about

She explains, “My celebration is to be focused every time. Just stay calm, keep working because all things can happen in your life and you have to keep working. After that, you will see. Live and you can see what is happening.”

Wissa had only played in France until August 2021 and there is an interesting synergy between the 25-year-old and Brentford.

His previous club, Lorient, won promotion to Ligue 1 in the 2019/20 season. Wissa finished the season as the club’s top scorer with 15 goals in Ligue 2. He helped keep them in the French top flight last season – scoring 10 league goals in 28 games – while Lorient avoided relegation on the final matchday.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of the 3-3 draw between Brentford and Liverpool in the Premier League

Brentford were promoted to the Premier League via the Sky Bet championship play-offs at the end of the 2020/21 season, after losing to local rivals Fulham in the previous year’s final. Many of these players are now leading the bees through an inaugural Premier League campaign.

“All right [the squad at Brentford] because when you change a lot of players, it’s hard to keep working well in a good atmosphere. When I came here, everyone knew each other and you just have to come and talk to everyone.

“For me, the main thing is to know everyone here because if you come here and don’t speak English, it’s difficult. It’s a new country, new rules and I have to improve my English and my personality.”

Yoane Wissa

Brentford was also the surprise package of the season. Including the aforementioned results against Liverpool and West Ham, there was also an opening weekend win over Arsenal which made the league stand up and take notice.

Wissa believes maintaining the core of the promotion-winning team has been vital to Brentford’s success this season so far.

He says: “It’s a good team. I’m not surprised because when I got here it was only at the start of the season, but when I watched it last year, it was a great team.

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“They were unfortunate not to go straight to the Premier League, but after entering the play-offs it wasn’t easy but they played really well.

“When you start against Arsenal and beat them 2-0, it’s because you work hard and because everyone already knows everyone.”

It was also the second time lucky when Wissa finally signed for Brentford this summer, with the Bees attempting to recruit him in January. However, he decided to stay and aided the Lorient in the battle for relegation, before moving to London.

He now plays weekly in the Premier League, a competition he has been following since he was young.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Brentford’s victory over Watford in the Premier League

He says: “It was the right time because in the first place, the Premier League is a big dream and it’s a step forward for me. I have to go step by step but I think it’s the best thing for me, I’ve talked to Thomas Frank many times. I have I had to make a choice and I think it was the best move for me.

“I’ve been watching since I was maybe seven years old. Me two older brothers and they were watching the Premier League. For everyone, it’s the dream. There are so many good players, good teams and for me I’m living the dream.

“It’s very difficult because the teams are so crazy. When you draw against Liverpool, it’s good and we played a good match against Chelsea as well.

It’s difficult because I got off to a good start. I scored goals and then I got injured and then you have to come back. I played against Watford, but not very good for me because there was still some pain, but you have to keep working. I played well against Chelsea [in the Carabao Cup quarter-final] and I feel that I can continue to improve.

Yoane Wissa returning from early season injury

“Now we have a big fight against Brighton on Sunday and then there is Manchester City. Okay, but we have to be focused and move forward, keep working hard because if you rest a little, you lose a lot of games, so you have to move forward. .

“Life in London is good. It’s not like Lorient, but the main thing is that I need to get into a routine. It will be fine for me and my family because when you arrive in a new country, you have a new routine. . Life at the club is beautiful, I am very happy to be here. “

Brentford’s next assignment is a trip to the south coast to tackle Brighton, live on Sky Sports. Leandro Trossard’s victory at Brentford Community Stadium saw the Seagulls win the first leg in September.

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Leandro Trossard scored the winning goal against Brentford when the two teams met for the last time in the Premier League

However, Brighton have only won one Premier League match since then, failing to score maximum points in their last 11 games.

“We are going there to win,” says Wissa. “There’s just a little rest, a little bit a lot of players are training. When they came here, we lost 1-0 at the last minute, but Brighton haven’t won in their last 11 games so let’s go there for a win. .

“It will be a great battle against them and we hope to win.”

And with 2022 upon us, does Wissa have any goals for next year?

That smile widens again on his face as he says “goal!”, Before adding: “Let’s hope everyone is fine too. It’s a difficult time now and I think health is important.”

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