There is a belief pattern that we are a competitive outfit
Burnley travel to Leicester tomorrow to face a side who have won two of their five Premier League games this season with manager Brendan Rodgers looking for some better results to move them up the table.
“We are very focused on improving,” Rodgers said. “I never get too high when we win and never too low when we lose. I’ve got a brilliant bunch of players who will constantly reflect and analyse in how we can be better and I know we will want better results but it’s over the course of 38 games.”
He comes up against Sean Dyche tomorrow who was on the staff at Watford during the time Rodgers was manager at Vicarage Road and asked about him, he didn’t hesitate to say: “Sean’s one of the outstanding managers in the country. I think it says everything that people just expect Burnley to be in the Premier League and that tells you everything about his quality as a manager and the players.
“Their back four players are all comfortable with the ball. They all have a high level of technical ability. It’s 4-4-2 but it’s flexible. Good players in midfield who can take the ball and pass the ball, players up front who are honest and have qualities and they make it really difficult for you consistently.
“So there’s a very good team and he as a manager, with his staff, have done a brilliant job at Burnley because the feeling will always be that they will be in the Premier League and that’s a great achievement. He’s outstanding and I’ve a lot of time for Sean on and off the pitch and I think he’s done a brilliant job.”
With the Clarets winning in midweek against Rochdale, Rodgers added: “We’re in the game to win so once you get that first win it settles everyone down, no matter what competition you are in you like to win. They got a good win in the week, Rodriguez getting four goals as well so that will boost his confidence and the team’s. We anticipate and always expect a tough challenge against Burnley.”
Dyche himself admitted that the win had given him some though with players, who had been out of the side, coming in and doing well. “It has given me something to think about,” he said. “It’s good to have people try and grab the shirt.
“It’s a nice problem to have because for many seasons I have been mentioning adding to the quality and layering the squad. I thought it was on show the other night when we made eight changes. In the past we might have made eight changes and not got a result, but the other night we looked like a proper side and that is because we were. With all due respect to Rochdale, who I appreciate aren’t a Premier League aide, we were very strong in all departments.”
He went on to discuss his forward options. “Up front particularly, Vyds looked sharper and fitter. He probably only needed a goal himself the other night to cap off his performance. Jay spoke for himself with his performance and goals. He has come back super fit and is never far away from the team. Barnes and Woody historically have been an effective partnership.
“There are always decisions to be made, it’s not just about scoring a few goals Everything is considered. However, it is a very helpful trait for a striker to score four goals in one game, no matter who you are playing against, but strikers are important to any side and I think we have four very good ones.”
He also spoke about Maxwel Cornet. “He has a good start but he is still getting used to the football here,” Dyche said of his signing from Lyon. “It is a different task going to Leicester from Tuesday night, but he has handled the beginning part of his time here very, very well. He seems to be enjoying the group and the training. It’s early days but he looks active in games and training, and that is what you want. We ask a lot of our wide players here, but Maxwel broke the opposition backline very well the other night.”
Looking forward, he added: “There is a calmness to the way I work. That goes through the players. There is a belief pattern here that we are a competitive outfit. We know the margins.”Share this page :