Sean Dyche has been impressed with Frank Lampard’s start to managerial life at Chelsea – but won’t be rolling out the welcome mat for the former England international this weekend.
Lampard has hit the ground running since the former playing great returned to Stamford Bridge as manager in the summer after cutting his managerial teeth at Derby County last season.
The 41-year-old – Chelsea’s record goalscorer – has seemingly restored optimism around the London club on the back of an impressive start to the season.
That has seen the Blues climb into the top four of the Premier League and top their Champions League group.
But after a mid-week 1-0 victory at Ajax, Dyche is out to stop Lampard’s men making it seven wins in a row when they come to take on the Clarets on Saturday evening.
“Chelsea are on a good run. We can’t over-think that,” said the Burnley boss, whose own side was four matches unbeaten before a controversial 2-1 loss at Leicester City last Saturday.
“We’ve been down this road long enough where we’ve played teams that are on good runs and played teams who are high-level performers.
“We have taken those challenges on numerous occasions and we have to do that again. We know that.
“They are definitely a good side and we’ve got to play at the top of our levels to beat good sides.”
Chelsea are operating under a transfer embargo which has tied Lampard’s hands since he replaced Europa League-winning boss Maurizio Sarri.
But that has allowed the ex-England midfielder to promote a number of young players – including the homegrown trio of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odi and Fikayo Tomori – to supplement the depth of proven top-tier pedigree he has at his disposal.
And Dyche has liked what he has seen so far as he gears up for another big night at Turf Moor.
“They are a good side. There’s a group (of young players) there backed and supported by a very experienced group,” he added.
“Frank has added to his feel to it. He has added a sharper edge to how they are performing. I have quite enjoyed what they are attempting to do – from the outside looking in.
“I’m a big supporter of all English/British coaches, not that I have anything against foreign coaches, but just because I think it’s good for the game. And Frank is one of them.
“It’s an interesting mix and, so far, they have been very good. They had a big result in the week.
“But, against all that, we like what we are doing. We think we are a challenge for teams, particularly at Turf Moor, and our fans certainly play a part in that. So, we look forward to the game.”