It’s about being relaxed enough to give your best
Brendan Rodgers brings his Leicester team to Turf Moor and he’s been pleased to have no midweek games which has allowed him to work with his squad all week at the training ground.
They’ve had a busy schedule, like most clubs, recently and that’s led to Rodgers rotating his squad. “I think it’s just one game at a time,” he said of the fixture schedule. “When they’re so close together, over the Christmas period, you really have to consider it (rotation) and that’s what we did.
“We’ve had a good week’s training and we’ve used it to find our identity again, to reset everything. The boys have been superb.”
Rogers said of Burnley: “Burnley are still a very dangerous team. When we played them here, it was a close game. They will always test you. We know we have to be much better than last week. He (Sean Dyche) can be misinterpreted. I think he’s done an amazing job at Burnley. He has a great passion for the game. He has a love of football. I don’t think Burnley get the credit for the way they play. They’ve got a good mix, with quality and endeavour.”
Sean Dyche, meanwhile, will be wanting to bring to an end this run of league defeats that started on Boxing Day at Everton. “There is a challenge going on right now, but that challenge happens often to us in the Premier League, Dyche said.
“Everyone season is going to be a fight of work, commitment and quality. We have to add to the quality levels because we haven’t always performed with the quality we need, but there is certainly no lack of fight, discipline or energy. We just have to add in those key moments, whether that be in defence or attack.”
He added: “The only way you can change things around is through performances and that takes work, discipline and understanding, but it also takes freedom. It’s about being relaxed enough to give your best but equality being focused enough to give your best. Confidence is earned, and therefore you have to earn it back if things aren’t going so well.
“You look for the key elements and we look to piece it all together. That all seems easy and logical, but it’s not that way. We are all human beings and will have highs and lows in our lives.”
Dyche worked with Rodgers during the latter’s short stay as Watford manager and he said of his Leicester team: “Leicester have had a few tough seasons in their world, but now they are doing very well. I know Brendan well and I like what he does. However, he’s been around long enough to know things can change quickly in football and that teams like us are never a million miles away from performing to a level that can get you a win.
“I certainly don’t think he’ll be thinking he will walk in here and have an easy ride, and nor should he, because our players will be up for another challenge.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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