We need to make sure there’s plenty of energy
Tomorrow’s game against Luton will see us come face to face with their manager Nathan Jones who is now in his second spell with them having left previously to take over at Stoke City.
He was at Luton for three years, from January 2016 to the same month in 20219, before a move to Stoke that was anything but successful. He was sacked there after ten months and returned to Luton just before the end of the 2019/20 season.
Having steered his team into last season’s play-offs, much is expected of them this season and he will be looking to get a first win following last week’s draw against Birmingham.
“It’s going to be massively difficult but it’s going to be difficult for Burnley as well.”
Vincent Kompany is finally able to look forward to his first game at Turf Moor as Burnley manager. He starts with that away win at Huddersfield under his belt and said ahead of the build up to this game: “It’s been excellent. You get to come away with a win from the first game and it feels like an extended pre-season because you get a full week to tweak and fine tune for the next game.
“The next best thing is playing games, and the only thing with games is that you always learn from them. When you’re not 100% fine-tuned, it’s about trying to get the result while you’re learning. We did that last Friday, and now the same mission is to do that this Saturday.
“As a coach, you don’t get a lot of satisfaction because a victory lasts about twelve hours until you wake up the next morning, and then you just move on. At the start of the week, you’re thinking about the threats of the next opposition, and then you finish the week thinking about the opportunities you can create in the next game through how you approach it.
With Luton the opposition, he added: “I’ve spent a lot of time watching them and they won’t change the way they play because they’re coming to Turf Moor, but as the season progresses, you have to earn the right for teams to come and sit deep. We’re not there yet.
“Luton are a team with a lot of athleticism who manage to play to their strengths really well. There’s clarity in what they do and they’re really good at what they do. That’s the threat. Like in every game, we’ve had a look at what opportunities there are for us against them.”
Kompany’s first visit to the Turf saw him score in a 6-1 win for Manchester City back in the 2009/10 season but now he will be in the home dug out for the first time as Burnley manager. “It’s a home game and we’re expecting it to be a full house,” he said. “I can talk as much as I want about the game plan, but really the players have got to feel it. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but it needs to be a reflection of who we are. We need to make sure there’s plenty of energy, and go for it.
“I want to see a team that’s there for the fans, then we can talk about results after the game. The fans, children and families can go home and say they’ve had a good Saturday. That’s where it starts for me.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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