Togetherness is key
Burnley take on Crystal Palace and that brings them back to Turf Moor with Roy Hodgson in charge of them once more after some time away when he twice managed against us while at Watford.
We know that Hodgson is the oldest manager in the league and that Vincent Kompany is the youngest so it was inevitable that it would be a lead question in their respective press conferences.
“I know that people will relate to experience, perhaps, but he (Kompany) seems like a pretty experienced man to me with all the incredible success he’s had over the years, not only with his club sides, but with Belgium, so he brings plenty to his team, there’s no doubt about that.
“Every team’s been well coached, every team’s well organised, every team’s physically fit. So basically it’s coming down much more to what players you’ve been lucky enough to work with and I mean, to be fair to him, they’ve made some investment, they’ve brought some players in. But it’s never going to be easy for any club like Burnley or Crystal Palace or any others you can mention to really deal with the Premier League at the top, top level because their resources are so much greater than the rest of the league.”
He recognised we were in the bottom three in the league but admitted: “I haven’t seen that much of them but I’ve seen one or two matches. I saw their opening game against Manchester City and they played very well, Burnley. They lost, but Manchester City were pegged back. I remember watching them play against Nottingham Forest where I thought arguably they could have quite easily won that game. So they’re doing like the rest of us, trying to make as good a fist as they can in the matches, and we can expect it to be a very tough game.”
“Being back home on Saturday needs to give us that advantage and it’s massive for us to use that, to take every bit of support in our stride and give the fans what they have been waiting for. There have been plenty of difficult times for Burnley over the years in the Premier League and togetherness is key, not just now but for the entire season.”
Old (Hodgson) was asked about young and in reply, Kompany said: “I looked at his history and he’s managed in so many countries and leagues. He is very experienced and I can see why he is still doing it. I’m lucky to have a father at a similar age and he’s just as active as Roy is at the moment. He will have bever dropped his standards over the years and it’s credit to him. He must be well supported with important people in his life which enables him to live life to the fullest.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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