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Time To Re-Group: JBG

Winger looks for response after Clarets suffer at hands of the heavyweights

28 October 2018

Johann Berg Gudmundsson says the Clarets must re-group ready to hit the road following another tough taste of life at the top.

A ruthless display by Chelsea saw them leave Turf Moor with a 4-0 win which lifted them to within two points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

A first-half finish from Alvaro Morata and second-half strikes from Ross Barkley, Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also took the 2017 champions back above Manchester City, who had put five past Burnley the previous weekend.

And Gudmundsson is keen to keep those results in perspective as Sean Dyche’s men, who have slipped to 15th in the table, prepare for back-to-back trips to West Ham and Leicester City ahead of November’s international break.

“The top six teams are unbelievable,” admitted the Clarets’ winger.

“Chelsea today were really good and Manchester City last weekend were really good, so it’s been a tough few weeks for us.

“It’s always tough to play against the big boys. You’re lucky if you get anything out of it so we just need to forget about it and concentrate on the next games, which I think are games we can get some points from.

“We just need to re-group and go again next weekend at West Ham.

“We did really well there last season, so hopefully we can do the same this year.

“Every game is extremely tough but I’m going to be confident this week we can get some points in London.”

The Clarets finished well beaten by a Chelsea side which is yet to lose this season and would won have won by a bigger margin but for an outstanding performance from Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Hart made a handful of top-class stops but was ultimately powerless to prevent a third home defeat of the season once the Clarets had failed to build on an impressive start in which the returning Robbie Brady and Gudmundsson both carried as threat.  

“I thought we started really. In the first 15-20 minutes we were really good but then their quality just came through,” added the Icelandic international, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Saturday.

“They are a top side. They are great on the ball and scored some good goals.

 “When you’re on top against the top sides you need to score and need to do something when you’re playing well because you always know they are going to come back into the game.

“We didn’t do that and they scored a good goal, so it was tough after that.

“They have got fantastic players who can change games around quickly and they did that today."

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