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Dyche: Turf Moor No Walk In The Park

No City stroll as Clarets plan to make life tough in the title race

26 April 2019

Sean Dyche believes Manchester City will be prepared for a battle when they put their title challenge on the line at Turf Moor.

City know maximum points in their final three games will see them edge out Liverpool in their titanic battle for the Premier League crown.

All eyes will therefore be on Sunday afternoon’s clash (KO 2.05pm) to see if Pep Guardiola’s side can extend their winning streak to a dozen league games and take a step closer to retaining the championship.

But the Clarets showed again in taking a point at Chelsea last Monday night that they can slug it out with the league’s heavyweights.

And despite being all but mathematically safe – and anything but a win for Cardiff at Fulham on Saturday will remove any doubt from the equation – there will be no letting up from Dyche’s side, which has beaten the defending champions in each of their previous four Premier League seasons.

“I don’t know Pep Guardiola, but I can only imagine he learned from his first season that there is no walk in the park in the Premier League,” said the Burnley boss, who has also seen his team take points off top-six sides Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United this term.

“They had a fantastic campaign last season and are going towards what could be one this season.

“I don’t think he will take us – or anyone else – lightly and neither will Liverpool.

“They will be ready for everything that comes their way and that – not just their skill level but the mentality – is what makes the top sides that can win things.

“On the other hand, there’s no naivety to them either. I don’t think, remotely, they’ll be coming to Turf Moor expecting just a walk in the park.

“I don’t think they’ll be expecting that at all, and neither will we be looking to allow them that.”

Johann Berg Gudmundsson's goal secured a 1-1 draw against City last season

Liverpool, who go to bottom club Huddersfield Town on Friday night with the chance to regain top spot and a temporary advantage over their North-West rivals, will be hoping the Clarets can then do them a favour.

But Dyche insists his focus is purely on what Burnley can produce in their bid to extend the four-match unbeaten run which has lifted them clear of the bottom three.

“We’ll be looking to fight for everything we can get and try and win a game,” he added.

“We can only look to give a performance. We’ve been doing that, and we have to take that into the next game.

“It just happens to be a big game against Manchester City that could mean something different for them.

“But we’re not doing it for any other reason than to look after ourselves and play well for ourselves.”

Clarets defender Phil Bardsley is set to return to the squad after missing the last three games with a leg injury, but Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon are not yet back in contention.

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