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Boss Targets 'Important' Game

Sean Dyche eyes cup progress in tandem with Premier League push

19 September 2017

Sean Dyche insists the Clarets face an important game as they bid to book their place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 2014.

Burnley face Roses rivals Leeds United at Turf Moor tonight on the back of a derby win at Blackburn Rovers in round two.
 
And while Dyche makes no secret of the fact that building on his side's impressive start in the Premier League is his priority, he still sees the cup clash as a key game for his players as they look to knock-out the Championship leaders, who lost for the first time this season at Millwall last Saturday.
 
The Burnley boss said: “Leeds have had a really good start with the obvious blip at the weekend. 
 
"Their challenge is obvious; a big club trying to get back into the big league.
 
"I don’t know where the cup ranks in importance for Leeds but we have to take the game seriously, as we always do. 
 
"They’re a big club at the top of the league who will have a heightened feeling about what is possible this season. It’s important to remind our players that this is another important game.
 
"It’s funny how a lot is made of how the big clubs change their teams. Well, you look at how many big clubs have won it down the years. 
 
"They’re still finding a way whether they change their teams or not."
 
 
The Clarets won at Ewood Park to set up a second League Cup meeting with Leeds
 
Dyche has said that he will alter the side that drew at 1-1 at Liverpool last Saturday as Burnley extended their unbeaten away start.
 
And while Dyche knows winning a trophy would be a 'huge thing' for the Clarets, he is aware of the need to strike a balance with looking to maintain Burnley's Premier League progress.
 
Dyche added: “The brand of the Premier League has a knock-on effect to the entire area. The whole town of Burnley benefits from the team being in the Premier League. 
 
"A cup run can do the same but it is the constant attention which the Premier League brings. 
 
"You don’t plan to lose a cup game. Winning a cup is a big honour which will remain forever, but being in the Premier League brings a constant stream of good health to a club.”
 
Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen - who has made an impressive start to his managerial career in England after arriving from Cypriot club Apoel during the summer - is also expected to make changes to his side, which has beaten League Two sides Port Vale and Newport County to reach round three.
 
He has a number of defensive injury problems but insists his side will take a positive approach to a tie being beamed live at Elland Road, with the visitors selling their ticket allocation of just over 2,000.
 
The Dane - the top scorer in the Bundesliga in 2002/03 when he played for Bochum - said: “There is a possibility that we will see some more of the players who haven’t had as many minutes this season.
 
“I know we are facing a good team from the Premier League, who have started the season very well, but our intention is to go for the game and I believe we can go there and make it a good match.
 
“We know we will be coming up against a team with a lot of quality and it will be another tough match, like all the games we have had up until now.”
 

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