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Burnley come up against Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel for the second time tomorrow with him having taken over at Stamford Bridge not long before our meeting last season and the game providing him with his first win at his new club.

Tuchel recalled that afternoon and asked how far his team had come since then, he said: “Quite a long way. We looked at the game again to understand what we did, what we did good and where we have come from. It was very quick. We had our second match against Burnley with only some days to prepare. Now we know each other much, much better. It was a nice journey so far.

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“It’s a very united group and a pleasure to manage. You can only be successful if you like your teams and you become a part of it. It’s nice to be here every day.”

He added: “We know when a game arrives you need a mix; to enjoy the moment, to feel free, to be creative and courageous, but at the same time be aware you know what is coming and how hard it is to be in the Premier League.

“When you see us playing basketball like we did in yesterday’s training, it is the moment. It is still two days after the game, two days before the game. We don’t want to give too much load and still have the boys out there enjoying what they’re doing. It’s a big part to laugh together and enjoy our time.”

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Having won last week, Sean Dyche takes the Clarets into this tough game. “There is a gap between playing like minded teams like ourselves compared to the super power teams, especially when they’re going well, which Chelsea are.

“Can it be done? Yes. We’ve experienced that in the past and have delivered performances that can win against these team. It is tough, but our mentality inside gives us a chance. We’re thinking about nothing other than how we can work as a team to get something from the game. Inside the game, we want to go and perform there and win, but it’s not easy against these kind of sides.

“We’ve worked here as a group for a long time. We’ve all become more rounded in the Premier League and what it is. The players are aware of the opposition. We just reinforce some of the simple things and strip it all back, take a generalised view and say it’s about what we do. There’s always a balance and it’s about reminding us what we’re doing.”

He added: “You have to live in reality in the Premier League. It’s not easy winning games and not something that happens all the time. There are challenges in the Premier League and you do lose some games, and that’s hard to take.

“There has to be a consistency in how you are and what you do, and there’s a nice balance to that. We try and keep positive here in the way operate. You get a win and it adds to that. We are a positive unit regardless of what the challenges are, but it does add to it.

“The marker we look to give to any game is our performance. We start with that and then we’ll see what else comes our way.”

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