It’s what comes next
Brighton are our first opponents tomorrow and their manager Graham Potter is going into his third season at the Amex Stadium having replaced Chris Hughton.
He’s unbeaten against Burnley to date with three draws and one final day of the season win but is expecting a difficult game tomorrow.
“Every game in the Premier League is really difficult and we’ve got a massive challenge against Burnley away with the crowd back, there will be a hostile, lively atmosphere,” he said. “They will be on the front foot, making it difficult for us, so we are expecting a difficult game, but I think every team would say the same.
There were two draws last season between the two sides. Potter said: “Last year we got away with a draw there. It was 1-1 but they should have won the game. I think we probably should have won the game at home, maybe not as clearly. They are tight games, both teams fighting for the points.
“They will have seasons better than others, but they have a stability, an understanding. They’ve got really good players. They are underrated. Sean has done a fantastic job. They are really efficient in terms of what they do.
“They get the respect that they deserve. We’ve got huge admiration for what they do, how they do it, the job they’ve done. Resources aren’t big but they’ve got stability, they’ve got continuity, they’ve got know how, they’ve got togetherness and they’ve got things that are really important. It’s going to be a tough game.”
Sean Dyche, who will have been Burnley manager for nine years in August, is now looking forward to his sixth consecutive season in the Premier League as we start again. He said this week: “I think people trust me. I don’t say it to cover tracks. It just is a re-set.
“The market shifts sometimes, teams shift sometimes. You have to go and earn the right again, but they are the things that wet your whistle, they are the things that get you up in the morning to go ‘right, here’s the challenge’.
“It’s right in front of my eyes, it’s right in front of the eyes of the staff, the team and our supporters. That bond and the connection as a collective, including the supporters being a big part of that and coming back into the stadiums, is all important. So, everyone has got to keep their noses in the right direction.”
Burnley spent 24 years in the old First Division between 1947 and 1971 and this current run in the Premier League is the longest unbroken run we’ve had in the top flight since then. Dyche said of that: “It’s something to be enjoyed but it’s also something to build on and be hungry for more.
“I don’t want to just relax and go ‘oh well, we had a good spell’. It’s an amazingly good spell but the point is it’s respected, but it’s parked very quickly. It’s what comes next. That’s what I’m interested in.”Share this page :