Sean Dyche has warned Burnley’s promotion rivals that he feels his side are stronger than ever.
The Clarets face an in-form Cardiff City side at Turf Moor tonight (Tuesday) looking to cement top spot and extend their unbeaten run to 17 games.
And after analysing the weekend draw at Brighton, when his side out-ran, out-passed and had more possession than Albion, Dyche feels his players are in good shape to step things up again.
The gaffer insisted: “Physically we’re looking superb. We’re showing really high stats, similar to where the players were at the beginning of the season, and that’s a powerful feeling to have going forward.
“There’s still a freshness and an ability to play strong football technically and physically for 90 minutes plus, and that’s a strong marker as well.
“We know Cardiff are coming here and they mean business, but we mean business too!”
The last-gasp point at Brighton maintained a three-point point lead at the top of the table, with another challenging game chalked off.
But despite there now only being seven games remaining – starting with back-to-back home games against City and Saturday’s visit of Leeds United, the Gaffer is taking nothing for granted.
He added: “Every game you play is important; that’s been our way of looking at it all season and that’s where we’re at now.
“It’s an exciting pressure and I enjoy it. I’m only human. You’re anxious and nervous, but you’ve got to enjoy it as well and that’s what this terrific game is all about.
“I have so much belief in my players, staff and the fans. People forget on Boxing Day we were eight or nine points behind the leaders and they had a game in hand.
Burnley equalise in the dying seconds at Cardiff earlier this season, having been two goals down with five minutes to play
“Now, all of a sudden, we’re in the position we’re in and we’ve worked very hard to get to where we’ve got to, but it’s only a so-far story.
“So far we’ve made a strong case for ourselves to go back into the Premier League again but we’ve got several big games to go.
“So have the others but we can, and will, only focus on ourselves.
The Clarets are likely to have the same squad on duty from the weekend, including fit-again Ashley Barnes following the long-term knee injury he sustained against Aston Villa last season.
Dyche added: “Ashley is really pleased. It’s always a marker when you get your first minutes back at first team level. His recovery has been good so we are pleased with that as well.”
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