It’s still nice to do well in these tournaments
Spurs are at Burnley tonight and that brings Nuno Espirito Santo to the Turf as their boss for the first time having made three previous visits with his former club Wolves.
Nuno has stressed the importance of this competition and said yesterday: “It’s going to be a tough match like we expect because Burnley is a good team but it’s a good chance for us to improve, knowing that the Carabao Cup is an important competition for us.
Nuno added: “Focusing only on the match tomorrow, we’re going to face a tough opponent, we know their characteristics. They are very physical, set pieces, aggressive, but at the same time we are improving our game. The possession has been much better, the dynamics have been much better but they are details that we can only achieve during the competition, so that’s why I tell you that it’s very important for us to improve in the match, doing the things that we want, the things that we prepare and putting it on the pitch.”
Sean Dyche has seen the Clarets reach round four with a penalty shoot out win at Newcastle followed by a home victory against Rochdale while still searching for a first league win of the season.
“I do find it important that will all the successes we’ve had down through the years that we stay intact as a group and what we do on the training ground. There’s always a positive edge to it and it doesn’t guarantee results, but I think it always gives you a better mindset to play football and achieve what you want to achieve.
“The mood’s good. We had a positive display at Southampton, a few positive displays recently. Trying to add to the positive feel is to win games and that layers up with the mentality and what you do.
“We’re all aware of the importance of the league programme and its importance to the club, but it’s still nice to do well in these tournaments if you can and so far we’ve got through the first two rounds. It’s not an easy task against Tottenham, they’re a very high level group of footballers, but we like to think ours are growing. We’re getting fitter, we’re getting stronger again and I think the mentality is good. So we certainly take the game on without a doubt.”
Expected to make changes, he added: “We’ve changed the team in the previous rounds, we’ve put a team out that I believed could win and we have done. It’s no easy task playing anyone, particularly Tottenham, and we know that, but I think they’ve made changes recently in various games.
“We will look to make changes but I believe in the group. We’re nearly back to full fitness. We’re getting back to a group that are nearly fully fit. We want that to stay so we will be making changes.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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