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Dyche Won't Wait For City

Boss looks to Clarets' strengths as Burnley bid to halt leaders' winning streak

20 October 2017

Sean Dyche will send his Clarets out to try and ‘alter the form book’ when they take on Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday.

City have come flying out the blocks in the title race and will be looking for a club record-equalling 11th straight win when they take on Burnley at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side have banged in 17 goals in their last three home league games and have also won their opening three Champions League fixtures.

But the Clarets have been unbowed away from home this season – taking points at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton in an unbeaten run.

And Dyche will look to his side to try and maintain that run by imposing themselves on a star-studded City line-up.

“They’ve got more than one or two players,” said Dyche. “They’re a very strong group of players with a very good manager.

“The manager has had time to work with his players. At other clubs he might not have had that time but they are a fine team and that is what they look like – a team, with and without the ball.

“When you are spending £50m on full-backs, you can bet your life you’ve got a strong group of players.

“Our job is to alter that form book and that can only come from being aware of them but focusing on ourselves, going there to deliver what we can deliver and not waiting for them to deliver.

“That’s a key thing about the mindset of the group, can we go there and bring our game into theirs and affect them and disrupt them and make it awkward and make it feel different for them?

“That’s a big part of what we do against these super-power clubs and mostly we’ve done that quite well. Let’s see how we go on Saturday.”

Ben Mee scored in a Burnley fightabck at City last season

Everton are the only side to have avoided defeat to City this season thanks to a 1-1 draw on the second weekend of the season.

But Dyche has inspired his side to positive results against the two-time Premier League winners before, with a win and draw against the then-defending champions in 2014/15.

The Clarets pushed City close last season with a 2-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium at the turn of the year and have proved themselves stronger on the road this season with their impressive record away from Turf Moor helping Dyche’s men sit seventh in the league table on the back of a six-game unbeaten run.

“It’s a good chance for us to continue the good job we’re doing so far this season,” the Burnley boss told Clarets Player HD.

“I say good chance in the sense that we know there’s a challenge there – a big challenge because of how well they’re going.

“But we’ve stood up to the challenge before and we’ll have to do it again because they are a fine side and they are delivering some very powerful performances.

“It is difficult when players and teams are playing that well but we have come across that before and delivered good performances ourselves, and that’s what we’ll look to do.

“We know what form they’re in and it’s lauded and applauded, rightly so, across many different areas of the game.

“But you know, the model of football, that whistle blows, we take on the challenge and as long as you are performing well and you can perform up to your standards, we wait and see what happens.

“There are no guarantees on any game, so there are no guarantees for them either.”

The Clarets will have the same squad that hit back to draw 1-1 with West Ham a week ago, with Jon Walters still sidelined and Nahki Wells working his way to full match fitness following a 90-minute mid-week closed-doors work-out against Sheffield United, when Dean Marney also featured for a further 45 minutes.

Sergio Aguero may return to City’s starting line-up following his recovery from a recent car accident as he closes in on the club’s all-time goalscoring record. 

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