Our challenge is to get what we want this weekend
Burnley face Southampton at home tomorrow and that brings their manager Claude Puel to Turf Moor for the very first time since he replaced Ronald Koeman at St. Mary’s last summer.
Puel’s side enjoyed a 1-0 home win against Liverpool in the League Cup this week. They played well and Puel said ahead of tomorrow’s game: “I hope we can play this game with the same levels, the same attitude and concentration.
“We can see a good game, a strong game together and now it’s important to keep this regularity. All the good things against Liverpool, it’s now important to stay with a good focus about our game against Burnley of course.
“I think it was important to play this good game for the confidence and to see our potential also. Now we will see for the second leg against Liverpool, but it’s important to come back in the Premier League with the same intentions.”
Burnley go into the game tomorrow just one point behind a Southampton team who comfortably beat us at St. Mary’s earlier in the season. “When we were down at their place, people would’ve questioned the table now, but it does show the work that we’ve put in since then to continue to improve,” Clarets boss Sean Dyche said.
“The league doesn’t lie and we deserve to be there but we also need to be aware of the bigger picture, which is that we’re going along in a solid manner and we’re in every game.
“The home form has been excellent and I’m really pleased with that and I’m pleased with the supporters. I’ve always said that one of the biggest links that I wanted to achieve was between the supporters and the players and that they stand for something the supporters can gravitate towards.
“The work ethic, the care, the attention by the players to give everything to win a game and do well for Burnley Football Club has been really obvious and the crowd really enjoy that, so it’s great that we can back that up with good results.”
Dyche had a warning though, given the strength of tomorrow’s opposition. He added: “Every team in the Premier League is a good side but we know there are some that are more powerful than others, whether it’s from strength of depth or the players that they’ve got and Southampton are a mix of that.
“They are a big club in their own right with the stadium, the structure and the training ground they’ve got down there, as well as the resources that they put on the pitch. Our challenge of course is to not over think about their club and get what we want this weekend.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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