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Dyche Urges Clarets To Take Control

21 April 2019

Sean Dyche urged his players to take control of their destiny and secure Premier League survival at Chelsea.

The Clarets travel to Stamford Bridge on Monday night knowing that avoiding defeat would all-but guarantee a fourth successive season in the top-flight, following Cardiff’s defeat to Liverpool on Easter Sunday.
 
A point would put them nine points clear of the Bluebirds, with a significantly better goal difference, while a repeat of last season’s stunning opening day victory over the Blues at the Bridge would take away any lingering possibility of being caught.
 
 
And Dyche wants clear focus, as his players go in search of a fourth successive victory.
 
The Burnley boss said: “I deal in facts. That is the currency that I use to keep myself right.
 
“If my mind is clear, why wouldn’t I make sure the players’ are, and factually there isn’t anything done yet.
 
“People will throw at us the stats and a lot of the background facts, and of course we are aware of all that, but we have made a big marker in my time here of earning everything ourselves and not relying on others.
 
 
“If others do you a favour, so be it, but we want to take control of our own situation. 
 
“We’ve done that for six and a half years and we have a chance again, over these next four games, starting at Chelsea, to do that.
 
“When you look at their squad they have some very, very good players. On the other hand, we’ve been competitive pretty much all season, and particularly so in the second half, and we want to continue that.”
 
Dyche, who reported no fresh injury worries for the Bank Holiday trip south, added: “If we get ourselves to the right level, who knows?
 
 
“Sometimes you need these teams to have a quiet night, but in balance you need to control the controllables and that means being organised and in the right shape, physically and mentally, to go and take on the challenge.”
 
The Clarets will be roared on by a sell-out away end after over 1,500 fans snapped up tickets subsidised by Chairman Mike Garlick, as a thank you for ongoing support.
 
And Dyche admits he is full in support of the offer, with travel to London being inconvenienced due to severe Bank Holiday problems on both rail and road.
 
He added: “I’ve spoken freely many times about the fact I’m from Kettering and how I support my local team. 
 
“That’s important, and when you are going away from home it’s an expensive business.
 
 
“It takes effort and it involves time off work, so I think a lot of clubs are trying to do something to help and it’s a great gesture from the club.
 
“There’s an understanding that there’s a lot of effort involved, with all of those travel problems factored in, so the subsidy is appropriate in this instance.
 
“Our fans have travelled all over the place, including Europe, so travelling on the day of a game on a Bank Holiday for an important game, I hope this helps a little.
 
“We’ll have good numbers there, and that definitely helps the team. Of course, they will have good memories of last time we were down there and they will equally know it’s a big challenge.”
 
Clarets Player will have live audio commentary from Stamford Bridge from 7.45pm tomorrow. 
 

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