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Brentford visit Burnley tomorrow for the first time since 2015 and their manager Thomas Frank takes charge of a team for the first time at Turf Moor.

Having won promotion with Brentford last year, his team have started well and ahead of tomorrow’s game he said of Sean Dyche: “Sean is a manager that I admire a lot. I have heard a few podcasts with him where he talks about the basics and culture.

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“He does everything fantastically with Burnley. He’s had two top ten finishes with a club which, alongside the three promoted sides, always has a bottom five budget. It is nothing less than remarkable. I don’t understand how he wasn’t Manager of the Year when they came seventh.

“I praised Burnley and Sean because it’s not only about the fantastic culture Sean and his coaching staff have created; they also have a defined style of play. Everyone in that team knows what they need to do to try and win the game. They are very competitive off the ball, pressing very high and very aggressive. They are very aggressive with second balls and duels and are very difficult to play against.

“On the ball they are direct, not only with the long ball but crosses. They have such good quality with crosses and have many players arriving in the box. Those are two areas we need to be good defending. They produce the most crosses in the league, but we were used to that in the Championship last year. We will be ready for it.”

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Sean Dyche has twice managed the Clarets against Brentford when we did the double against them in the 2015/16 season but has said this week: “I think they have adapted to the league in a different way, they are playing quick forwards and are aggressive in the right way.

“They have an openness to the challenge. I think they are using that wisely, but I don’t underestimate anyone who gets to the Premier League, trust me. If you’re in the Premier League, you deserve the right to be there.

“We know they are in a healthy place, but no game is easy in this league. We’re in a good place ourselves, I wouldn’t underestimate where we are, because I know the group. The general level of performance is strong statistically as well, but our focus hasn’t lost sight of the fact that we need to win.”

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