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Tomorrow sees us play our second game of the year and, as was the case in the first game at Huddersfield, we will be up against a Barnsley team who also have a German  manager.

Daniel Stendel has been in charge at Barnsley since last summer but it was his assistant Andreas Winkler who spoke to the press and he sees a win at Burnley as a big positive as they look to regain their place in the Championship.

1718 burnley sean dyche 01 500x500“The league is the priority but, if you’re in the third round, you want to go to the next round,” WInkler said. “We’re looking forward to playing against a Premier League team; they have a strong side but you never know. There are no penalty shoot outs in the first game, so maybe we could go for the draw, or maybe more.

“They have really good centre forwards and quality on the wings with their full backs and wide midfielders. They’re a physical team and did well at Huddersfield and deserved to win. They will also want to go through to the next round.”

He added: “We will have enough confidence. Not to be arrogant, but we will have a lot of confidence, that is the basic to be successful and I’m sure we won’t be nervous. It’s not Liverpool and it’s not Manchester United but we have lots of respect for a Premier League team like Burnley and they’re organised and every player has lots of quality.

“It’s not different to Germany. You always have a chance, but we’ve got to show a very good performance. You also have to be a bit lucky. You call it a giant killing here, but we don’t have to fantasise about that. We’re not only thinking about the result; we want to show a really good performance and see what happens after ninety minutes.

“The pressure is on Burnley, not on us. We are focused on League One and the pressure is on them, especially playing at home. We have a young squad with lots of energy and I think we will be good competition for them.”

Sean Dyche has confirmed, as expected, that there will be changes in the Burnley team. We’ve had a rush of games over the Christmas and New Year period and he said: “There are a number of players who have played the majority of those games, so that has to be factored in. We want a healthy balance.

“We want to be good in the Cup, of course, and we want to take that on. But we’ve also got to use it wisely, especially when we’ve been stripped of players at times in the past few months. We’ve got to make sure the players are as fit as they can be ready for when we go back into the Premier League.

“And, hopefully, we can put on a performance, win this game and we’ve got a group ready for the next game as well.”

Dyche added: “We’ve done our homework on Barnsley. They’re a decent side and they’re going well at the moment. Whatever team we put out on Saturday they’ll be capable, but they’ll know they’re in for a game.”





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