We go there to play with a bit more freedom
Burnley face Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow at Wembley and the two managers have been speaking ahead of the fixture.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said of the Clarets: “I think we know each other very well and how they play. They were good against Chelsea then they struggled against West Bromwich but it will be tough. One thing is sure that they will be motivated to play on Wembley against us.
“For us it’s important to try to play well, to play in the way we always play but it will be tough, all the games in the Premier League are very, very tough. They are a very good team, a very physical team with a great manager. They are so clear in how they play and I think it will be a very tough game.
“We want to win because it will be our first win on Wembley. It is important to win and our mentality is always to win. We played to win last week but didn’t and we try again and we need to play better than our opponents and try to score goals that will provide us with our first victory.
Sean Dyche, who has seen his side win already in the capital this season, two weeks ago at Chelsea, discussed the fact that we are playing at the national stadium.
“He said: “You have to remember that although Wembley has an extra edge to it as a stadium, it’s not like it was, growing up as a kid, when it was the be all and end all if you got there, for whatever reason. Things have changed, but the old stadium was marvellous.
“I played there eventually in a play-off final and missed a second one with Chesterfield. It’s an amazing experience, and I’m not playing down this experience for our fans, but our players have played in some fantastic stadiums across the country – and some beyond.
“You go to places like the Emirates and you are playing in a huge stadium, virtually like Wembley. So I don’t think the players will have a problem with that side of things. It’s more a case of getting on with the game; that’s their key focus.”
Looking back at the opening day win, he added: “Our continued growth as a group, not just with a group of players, but also our drive to understand the Premier League, can only be enhanced when you get big results at big stadiums, like at Chelsea.
“You can’t really measure it, but you just know that the players will continue to mature from such experiences going forward. Now that doesn’t mean we are guaranteed a result against Tottenham, but it means you are in a better train of thought because of the recent experience.
“We go there to play with a bit more freedom, at least that’s what I want from them, but still with a professional job to do.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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