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Anything Is Possible: Dyche

Boss ready for City challenge but knows Burnley must be at their best

19 October 2018

Sean Dyche insists anything is possible as he prepares to lead his side to the home of the Premier League champions.

Manchester City have made an unbeaten start to their defence of the title and are on top of the table again as they gear up for the visit of the Clarets.

Since Pep Guardiola became City manager in the summer of 2016 his side has lost just one Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium.

But Dyche refuses to accept Saturday’s outcome as a foregone conclusion as the Clarets look to take points from City for a second season running and the second time in four top-flight campaigns.

“No-one would have thought we would have got the 2-2 when we were 2-0 down there a number of years ago,” said the Burnley boss, whose side also hit back through Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s goal to draw 1-1 with the champions-in-waiting at Turf Moor in February.

“No-one would have thought that, but at the end of the game we deserved it.

“So, can you operate? Yes. It’s probabilities and possibilities. Probably, over a season, they get the upper hand over teams like us.

“Possibly they don’t, and that’s what you work on in football – finding ways to win.

“I have been fortunate in my past that although I was a journey-man player I played in lots of sides that had very good cup runs, very good performances and beat some big teams at certain times.

“That doesn’t give me an upper hand, but what it does, it means it can be done. I have witnessed it.

“We are a Premier League side. We are there for a reason, so we take it on and see what happens.”

Ashley Barnes' late equaliser earned a 2-2 draw at City in December, 2014

Dyche, whose highest profile giant-killings as a player were as part of Chesterfield’s run to the 1997 FA Cup semi-finals, oversaw a three-match unbeaten run ahead of the international break to get the Clarets’ league campaign into gear.

But he knows that to have any chance of extending that run and upsetting long odds, his players will have to take their ‘A’ game to City, who boast a 100 per cent home record with 13 goals scored in their opening four games.

“We have to take on the challenge,” Dyche added.

“You can’t go there and not be up for the challenge, because they are top class.

“You have to be on top of your game and that’s our main focus.

“We can’t guarantee results against any of these top sides, but what we can do is look to at least push towards us giving a proper performance, in our manner, to affect the game.

“That gives you at least a start, because if you’re not on top of your game then these sorts of sides hurt you.”

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