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Hendrick Ready to Enjoy City Test

25 November 2016

Jeff Hendrick is relishing the prospect of facing Manchester City’s big guns at Turf Moor on Saturday.

But the Clarets’ record buy insists he won’t be going out just to admire what Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side has to offer.

City come to Burnley having secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a mid-week draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The 2012 and 2014 Premier League champions are also well placed in the domestic title race and would go top of the table with victory at Turf Moor in the televised lunch-time kick-off.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola is looking to make his mark with a side that started the season with 10 straight wins in all competitions.

They are currently unbeaten in five games – a run which includes back-to-back away wins in the Premier League and a home European victory over Barca.

But Hendrick is excited, rather than daunted, by the challenge as Burnley go looking for a fifth home win of the campaign after previously taking maximum points from Liverpool, Watford, Everton and Crystal Palace.

The midfielder said: “This is why we are here. They are a big team in the league. They are doing great and in the Champions League.

“We’ve had a few days to get ready, make sure we’re right and to enjoy the game.

“I think that’s the main thing. We know it’s going to be hard work playing these players but you’ve got to enjoy playing against these teams.

“That’s the reason why we fought hard to be in the Premier League. Every player outside this league wishes they were in our position, getting to play against these teams and we have got to enjoy it.”

Hendrick – looking to bounce back from Monday night’s 4-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion – added: “I say enjoy it, but we’re not just here for a year and then go back and fight in the Championship.

“We have our expectations. Every team can be beaten in this league and we have to make sure we’re on it.”

“They are a good team. They have got good players but we’ve got to be confident in what we can do.

“We are a hard team to play against, bar Monday night really. We have got to make sure we give them a hard game.”

City will be without injured captain Vincent Kompany but midfielder Yaya Toure – not named in City’s Champions League squad - is expected return following his two-goal showing in last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

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