Our job is to alter that form book
It’s a trip to the Etihad tomorrow and a third opportunity to come up against former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola who has been in charge at Manchester City since the summer of 2016.
They beat us twice last season, both times by a 2-1 scoreline, but he heaped praise on the way we’d played against his team. Ahead of tomorrow’s game, he said: “They deserve a lot of credit. They were in the Championship and then Premier League. A lot of respect for what they have done.
“They had a lot of problems last season to win away, but this season they have taken points at Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Everton. Their results away have been fantastic.
“They are masters at attacking the channel. They always defend a lot of people in the box. They are physically strong. We have to play quick, take advantage.
Sean Dyche got the opportunity to talk football and Burnley having fended off all the talk of Leicester and he said of Manchester City: “They’ve got more than one or two players. They’re a very strong group of players with a very good manager.
“The manager has had time to work with his players. At other clubs he might not have had that time but they are a fine team and that is what they look like, a team with and without the ball. When you are spending £50 million on full backs, you can bet your life you’ve got a strong group of players.
“Our job is to alter that form book and that can only come from being aware of them but focusing on ourselves, going there to deliver what we can deliver and not waiting for them to deliver. That’s a key thing about the mindset of the group, can we go there and bring our game into theirs and affect them and disrupt them and make it awkward and make it feel different for them?
“That’s a big part of what we do against these super power clubs and mostly we’ve done that quite well. Let’s see how we go on Saturday.
“It’s a good chance for us to continue the good job we’re doing so far this season. I say good chance in the sense that we know there’s a challenge there, a big challenge because of how well they’re going, but we’ve stood up to the challenge before and we’ll have to do it again because they are a fine side and they are delivering some very powerful performances.
“It is difficult when players and teams are playing that well but we have come across that before and delivered good performances ourselves, and that’s what we’ll look to do.
“We know what form they’re in and it’s lauded and applauded, rightly so, across many different areas of the game, but you know, the model of football, that whistle blows, we take on the challenge and as long as you are performing well and you can perform up to your standards, we wait and see what happens. There are no guarantees on any game, so there are no guarantees for them either.”Share this page :