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Tomorrow sees Manchester City return to Turf Moor. In our four previous Premier League games against them we have come up against Mark Hughes, Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini but the man in charge now is former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.

I’m not so sure many of us ever thought Pep would be in the dug out at Turf Moor and on his first visit he has warned of the threat from the Clarets. “I saw their games yesterday,” he said. “I am really impressed. I think it will be the toughest for our regeneration for 1230. It is a derby. It is many things.

“We cannot forget they beat Liverpool. They lost in 93rd minute against Arsenal. They drew in Old Trafford. What they do, they do really well, I am really impressed about their quality, their spirit.

“Of course they lost the last game 4-0 to West Brom, I can imagine what happened when a team loses 4-0. Their attention and focus is higher than before. I prefer teams when they win a lot of games. They didn’t win. In this moment, they are ready and prepared.

“In terms of intensity, I think they will be better. Their legs are faster and cleaner than ours, and it is so important for us because after we have one week to prepare the next round of matches, Chelsea, Leicester and Watford.

“Of course we have Celtic here but we have already qualified so we have to make a good training session. This game is key for us, so, so important in terms of the points and in terms of getting better at our kind of game. Until now, we played well at Stoke City and West Brom, we didn’t play well at Crystal Palace but we won.

“We have to try to insist in the way we play, even in those games away in small pitches against typical English football.”

Sean Dyche knows how tough the task is in front of us tomorrow. He said: “I think they are most people’s favourites for the league this year, over a season’s work, and, of course, they are going well in Europe as well.

“We know the super powers of the division and these are one of them. It’s more about us delivering a performance. These are massive challenges for us. The Premier League is a big challenge for us, let alone anything else, but when you are playing the super power teams it really is a massive challenge.

“The gulf between the two sides is absolutely massive but we are pleased, on the other hand, that football isn’t always played out like that. It’s not a given, but they will know that as well.

“We have made a good reputation as being a side that are, at least, willing to compete in every game, barring, strangely, last Monday, which was a rare one for us. Generally speaking, we are up for the competition in every game.”

Referring to another big away defeat, he added: “The players know we haven’t really taken on the challenge away from home as we have at home. In balance to that is really strong home form in a very tough division. We are pleased with that.

“We took seven points out of nine before West Brom, let’s not forget that. It has to be looked at in the bigger picture. We are not the real deal, we have never said we are. We are learning and developing.”

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