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Gaffer's Chelsea Preview

26 August 2016

Sean Dyche insists his side are ready for another challenge in the Premier League ahead of the visit to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Clarets head to the capital for their first away fixture of the season in the league, buoyed by a 2-0 victory over Liverpool last time out.

And the boss believes that while their hosts have made some big money signings and installed a new manager, the change will not be too radical from their previous meeting.

“Obviously there have been some big signings inbetween the last time we played and there always are at the top clubs, but if you look at their squad quite a lot of the players who we played against two years ago are still there.

“I think that the manager will make a difference and the way they play will be slightly different, however I don’t think it will be a drastic change as I have seen them this season already.”

Last time out at Stamford Bridge, Ben Mee’s late header earned the Clarets a point in a 1-1 draw after Nemanja Matic was sent off for his reaction to Ashley Barnes’ challenge.

Such big game experience is now nothing new for the core of the Clarets squad.

And Dyche feels that could help his side to deliver another performance.

He added: “This is how crazy football has gone; against Accrington we were giants and Saturday we’re minnows!

“That’s how bizarre football has become and the perception of it. But my players can walk in there a little bit more familiar as they’ve been to these grounds and they’ve played on the pitches; not all of them but most of our players.

“It doesn’t guarantee your result, but it just means that everyone’s a bit more familiar with it.

“They’ve got high quality players on the pitch, and they’ve got high quality players who are not even getting stripped and coming off the bench, such as Cesc Fabregas last week, so it gives you an idea of the depth that these clubs have.”

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