We’ve just got to look and focus on what we do
Burnley are back in league action tonight following the cup win against Bristol City, and that brings Leicester City and their manager Claudio Ranieri to Turf Moor.
It’s a different season this time round for Leicester and Ranieri who astonished football in 2015/16 by winning the Premier League. This time they are in the bottom half of the table and has admitted that their target this time is forty points.
Ahead of the game, Ranieri said: “All the matches that we have are key. All the matches, because we have to achieve forty points.”
He added: “They (Burnley) lost the first match against Swansea then Manchester City and Arsenal. The others, one draw and eight wins. It’s a very tough match, but we are ready. We know what to expect. We have to be smart and strong. We know the crowd pushes them a lot. We must be very calm and try to do our best.
“My priority is to try to win tomorrow against a very good team at home. They have 26 points, 25 at home. We made two points away. That is my priority. Of course, the most important thing is to be solid, strong mentally and play well, better than them. We have to do our best performance of the season.
“It will be very important for us. We must be confident, positive and fight. Sooner or later, we’ll have to change our way.”
Sean Dyche, who said the preparation for tonight’s game was his priority over the transfer window, is ready to welcome the champions who will, he believes, be a really tough test.
Speaking about their achievement last season, he said: “Whether you’re in football or just a fan of football, I think it’s a fantastic story and possibly one that won’t be done again. It was amazing what Leicester did last year.
“I think most people thought this would be a different kind of season. It’s very difficult to win the Premier League and then carry that form forward again to be another force. I think that’s a big task, so I don’t think many were expecting they would be in the top two or three straight away again.
“The challenge of the Premier League is a difficult one. There seems to have been a difference in their Champions League and Premier League performances, but we’re not a powerful enough force to make out Leicester aren’t a bit challenge for us, because they are.
“They are a very good side. They’ve still got very good players, players who have played in a side that won the division and international footballers. I am certainly not going to question the ups and downs of their season.
“We’ve just got to look and focus on what we do and know they are a good side and respect it, but when the whistle blows that respect goes away because we want to take on the challenge of going to win a game.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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