There has been a nice belief about what we do
It’s a trip to Leicester tomorrow and a meeting with recently appointed home boss Claude Puel who last season was in charge of Southampton before losing his post to Mauricio Pellegrino.
He has a win against Burnley, at St. Mary’s, and a defeat at the Turf in January when Joey Barton gave the Clarets all three points with a goal late in the game.
Tomorrow he takes charge of a Leicester side who go into the game on the back of a win against Spurs but he has warned: “Be careful about this. If we watch Burnley, the table doesn’t lie. They are sixth, it is a fantastic season for them. They have confidence and are a strong team.
“They are not just physical, they start with the ball and try to play good football and have had good results away from home. It’s a big challenge for us but also for them. Every game is difficult in the Premier League and the quality on the pitch of Burnley will be a strong challenge.”
He added: “Now we are ninth but it’s not important for the moment. I don’t know where we can finish, the most important thing is to continue the work. Tottenham Hotspur was one game and now is the time to repeat the performance and we need to work together with the same attitude and we will see for the future.”
“I know thousands of fans here who know where the club’s at, know the belief of what’s going on at the club and they know the realities. Don’t forget, five years ago we were selling a player to make sure there was electricity going through the building.
“I don’t think they’ve forgotten. I think they know there’s a building process going on and I think they are enjoying what they’re seeing. They have seen the Premier League and they know how tough it is.”
He added: “Dealing with things that aren’t going so well can be easier in a way because you have to make it better. Dealing with when you are having some successful periods is a different measure and I think we have done that well recently.
“There have been a lot of plaudits from different areas about the team and about the position we are in the league, but there has been a nice belief about what we do. There is a humble side to the team. We are moving forward and progressing, I believe, but we know we’re not the real deal.
“We know every game, no matter who we are playing, we have to give everything to the cause and I think there was another good marker against Bournemouth. We had come out of a knock against Arsenal. We had given everything but yet again the whistle blew and we were ready for action again and delivered a very good performance.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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