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Dyche Gunning For Glory

21 December 2018

Sean Dyche insists he could again tinker with his formation as the Clarets look for some Christmas cheer at Arsenal.

The Burnley boss switched to a three-man central defensive unit at Spurs last week, frustrating Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who needed a last gasp winner to deny Burnley a hard-earned point.

And Dyche vowed to continue with his “reality tactics’ when required, as he looks to get his side back on the up.

Dyche said: “It’s very simple. If everyone thinks that every team in the Premier League is going to play the beautiful game, at the moment there is only one winner and that is Manchester City.

“If we are all going to roll it out from the back and play 600 passes, they win… end of story!

“You have to find a way and that’s what we’ve done consistently well here; find a way to be successful.

“We’ve had to fight, we’ve had to work, we’ve played some good, productive stuff at times, and always found a way.

“That doesn’t change because when you play these powerful clubs, it’s very difficult.

“It’s reality tactics, rather than negative tactics, and we’ve tinkered with the side many times before."

Dyche, whose side have lost three of the last four meetings with the Gunners through 90th minute goals, added: “We look at all the options and I was very pleased with the change of system last week.

“There has been a lot of planning behind that and I was pleased for my staff and the players, because you want them to open their minds and take it on.

“They took the training into a performance, although we still know there’s more detail to find that balance.

“The facts are the facts. We know we haven’t got as many results as we’d like this year and we know that’s not all about tactics, but it plays a part.”

Arsenal go into Saturday’s televised game in the unusual situation of suffering back-to-back defeats.

Last weekend’s Premier League defeat at Southampton was followed by the midweek loss at home to North London rivals Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.

However, Dyche added: “I don’t think that constitutes anything other than what can happen in football, and they are still a fine side, whichever way you look at it.

“It’s another tough task, but one we take on after showing good signs last weekend at Tottenham and we know we have to deliver a very strong performance to get anything.


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