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Mee: Let's Make Life Tough

Clarets captain won't 'disappoint' Chelsea in Turf Moor showdown

25 October 2019

Captain Ben Mee is looking de-rail the Chelsea bandwagon with another show of home strength.

Chelsea head for Turf Moor on Saturday evening (kick-off 5.30pm) on the back of a six-game winning run which has lifted them to fourth place in the Premier League and re-ignited their Champions League prospects.

The Londoners have also won their last five away games in all competitions under club legend Frank Lampard – who took over as manager in the summer.

But the Clarets are in good shape themselves, with Mee out to stop Lampard’s men making it six of the best by extending an impressive home run which has seen Burnley take nine points from a possible 12 at Turf Moor this season.

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The Clarets have kept three clean sheets at Turf Moor so far

“Against the big teams it’s a good challenge for us and we want to make it a tough game for them,” said the Clarets’ centre-back – part of a defensive line that has been breached in only one home league game so far.

“I think they’ll be expecting that and we’re not going to disappoint them.

“We want to make it as difficult a place as possible for any team to come.

“I think you always want that. Any team will say they want to make their home ground a tough place to come.

“Over the years we’ve managed to do that. Last year we slackened a little bit, but I think we’re back to playing well at home and teams coming here know they’re in for a tough game.”

While the Clarets have re-discovered their mojo following a slump in form this time last year, Chelsea have also been given a new lease of life by Lampard.

The former champions finished third in the Premier League last season and won the Europa League but opted not to keep Maurizio Sarri as manager.

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A point at Chelsea last season secured Premier League safety

Lampard has since added some of the club’s younger players – with a transfer ban in place at Stamford Bridge – to a powerful senior group which keeps the Blues among the league’s big hitters.

But having taken points from Chelsea in each of their last four top-flight campaigns, the Clarets are ready to meet the challenge of chasing a first home Premier League win against the six-time winners.  

“You can talk about transitional periods, but there is some good quality in there mixed with some good young quality, as well, and enthusiasm,” added Mee.

“I think there’s a good balance at Chelsea and they are on a bit of a run. It’s going to be a tough game, as always, against a top side with some top-quality players.

“But we will go into it full of confidence and belief that we can beat that side.

“We don’t want them to be free hits. We want to go in there and compete and do well.

“We feel, especially at home, against these teams we can do that and pick up points.

“We’ve started the season well and it’s something to build on. Hopefully like last year we can get stronger and stronger and be in a really positive position.

“We’re really positive with the way we are going about playing games at the moment.”


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