The idea of getting points on the board is more important
Norwich come to Turf Moor, a second league visit for their manager Daniel Farke who last season won a second promotion to the Premier League with the Canaries.
Farke, who replaced Alex Neil as Norwich boss in May 2017 is now the fourth longest serving of the current Premier League managers and speaking to the press today, he admitted: “Turf Moor is an unbelievably tough place to go.”
He continued: “As a newly promoted side, you have to win seven our eight home games and then a few away. We want to pick up points, but we’re respectful, we don’t see Burnley as an easy game. Sean Dyche will be fired up for this important home game.
He added: “We can’t allow many set pieces, corners or free kicks. Man City was the best team defending set pieces last season, but this wasn’t due to their physicality, they just didn’t allow any. We have to concede these less. The better we are in possession, the better it is.
“Burnley are one of the best sides for set pieces because of their physical threats, they use every free kick, even in their own half. It’s not easy for us. Two years ago, we defended all their set pieces, so it is possible, but we have to be spot on.”
With the Clarets’ boss reaching 400 games in charge tomorrow, Farke said: “I’m full of respect from what Sean Dyche has done. It’s an unbelievable effort and challenge for Burnley to show consistency on this level.
“He was relegated once, then bounced back, it says a lot about his character. It’s a fantastic achievement. He stuck to his beliefs and kept their fighting spirit on the pitch. You can’t compare us that much as they have a lot of experienced players. When it’s important, they stick together and grind results out, I like this resilience. To have 400 games for one club in this business is great.”
With the two clubs in the bottom two places and both searching for a first win, it has been suggested it is a six pointer but Dyche disagreed. He said: “The thing I have learnt about football is that whatever you want to call these games, it doesn’t always work out like that, trust me.
“It is about how many games you can win to get points on the table, however they come and who they come against, but the idea of getting points on the board for us is more important than whether the old adage of a ‘six pointer’ is true for this game.
“I would say it is more a case in this game of both teams vying for a win because it changes the narrative a little bit. In other seasons we have stopped those stories very early in the year. At the minute the obvious narrative is: ‘when will you get the first win’. I don’t think we are far off at all, but I have to look at the whole season’s work, not just the immediacy of the next game.
“We can’t overthink it, because a lot of our performances have been right, but as I have said I am not naive to our industry. You have to get wins and points on the board.”
He said of Norwich: “It is tough for them. We have been through it ourselves coming up for the second time and it is difficult. You can’t find yourselves in the Premier League without being a decent outfit, but this league is a difficult task. I’m not overthinking about where they are. I am thinking they are a good outfit who will go for the win, and we have to try and look after ourselves.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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