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Pope: We've Got Belief

23 October 2019

Nick Pope insists Burnley have shed the fear factor of facing the Premier League big guns.

The Clarets goalkeeper is still searching for his first victory against one of the so-called ‘big six’, ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Turf Moor this Saturday.

But with Sean Dyche’s men currently sitting pretty in eighth place, following just one defeat in five games, Pope feels there is a renewed confidence about the squad as they come to terms with the big occasions.

He said: “We’ve just come off a good run of results and looking to get back on track.

“The extra motivation for us is to get more points on the board following a defeat.

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“How you react in the Premier League is a big thing and not letting defeats get you down. It’s about rolling onto the next one and putting things right and getting results against the big teams is something we’ve looked to improve upon over the past few years.

“When you are the new boys in the Premier League it’s even more difficult, but we’ve been at this level for a few years now and we’ve had a certain amount of success against teams at the next level.

“We now go into games with a real intent and purpose and we’re now at a stage where our mentality is better, playing the bigger teams.

“In the first year, maybe your mentality is to survive. We’re past that now and we want to instil our way on a game and play with no fear.”

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The Clarets famously stunned reigning champions Chelsea in their own backyard on the opening day of the 2017/18 season, and followed that up with another hard-earned point in a 2-2 draw thre last season.

Home defeats to the Blues in successive seasons have highlighted the challenge faced in consistently picking up points against title challengers.

But with five of the ‘big six’ losing a collective 12 games already this season, and only Liverpool remaining unbeaten, hopes are high that there is a changing of the guard at the top.

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England international Pope added: “One of the main reasons you want to be in this league is to play against the biggest teams with the best players, and to be able to beat them is a big carrot for us.

“We’ve seen other teams get good results against them, and that gives us encouragement.
“Those quirky results are happening, so there are maybe teams that are there to be shot at more than in previous seasons.”

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