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Leicester City are at Turf Moor and that sees a return for their manager Claude Puel was with Southampton at Burnley in January last year, the home game prior to the Leicester game when they were still under the charge of Claudio Ranieri.

Puel replaced Craig Shakespeare not too long before our visit to the King Power in December and Leicester have moved up to eighth since his arrival. He is bringing his side looking to close the six point gap between us and he said: “The next two games against Burnley and Southampton are crucial games for me to decide if we can believe something or not for the end of the season.

“It will be a good challenge, we have to start well against Burnley of course, because now they have a six point advantage and we want to make a fantastic game against this team. We cannot say something about (Europa League) qualification, because we need to make a fantastic result away against Burnley and we will see this game. Just to have the possibility to play this game at this moment in the season is amazing and encouraging for this team. We will see the result at the end.

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“I think we have at this moment to manage the next game and to keep our ambition, but without forgetting all the good work we can do together.”

Recent results have put us in a good position in the league but when asked if that had added to the pressure, Sean Dyche said: “No, I don’t think so. I’ve not felt any pressure since I’ve been here than just to win games. You can’t guarantee, each player will have their own individual thoughts on it.

“I don’t think we look like a side who are feeling anything other than trying to keep winning. There’s no angle from the board, they know where we’re at as a club.”

He added: “There is a pressure when you’re not getting wins. We had a tough run of that, there’s a pressure on your next win. It’s lightened slightly by the fact we had good points on the table anyway and a good feeling about what we’d achieved, but there’s still a demand and a pressure on it to come out of it.

“We’ve seen how difficult it can get with West Brom. You would never have called the run they’ve been on with the experience they’ve got, the players, but it can happen. There’s always a pressure of some type on a team, but it’s slightly softer this time because of our league position when we hit a tough run.

“I don’ think there’s too much pressure on players, for me it’s keep performing as individuals and a team and we’ll see what comes.”

Dyche does think Leicester will be a tough game for us. He said: “In the mixed bag of results there’s still been some very good performances in there, they’ve got a threat with some key players who can open teams up.

“It’s a change of manager and a change of style. It’s slightly more method based, slightly less counter attack. They seem to me to be trying to work on a more possession based game but that takes time. You maybe get some ups and downs in results.

“I think they can still affect you in the old Leicester style, they’re still very quick on the break and they still have quality on the break. When you look at the squad it’s a rounded squad with some good players. They’re a good outfit.”

 

 

 

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