You can’t wait for things to get given to you
Frank Lampard visited Burnley twice as Chelsea manager, winning both games, and now returns having taken over from Rafa Benitez as Everton manager in January.
He arrives with his team one place and four points ahead of us knowing that if they take all three points it will ease their relegation worries and he’s expecting a tough game.
Describing tonight’s game as a big deal, he said: “Burnley make it very difficult, they are very physical and tough to play against. They work hard off the ball and have a certain style which is difficult to combat. We have to be up for the basics of the game in terms of physicality, and do those things right to get the result.
“Our mental approach is very important, the game is a big deal. We are fighting to stay in the league and with every game that goes, it becomes more intense. The mental and physical preparation is key and the squad will be very focused and understanding of what we’re going into.”
Sean Dyche will be looking to get us up and running for these final games. “It’d be a big thing for us to beat them,” he said. “We certainly want to get something from the game and winning would obviously be another shift forward.
“We’ve got to earn it, I can’t reinforce that idea enough. We’ve got to work for it, show the desire, the commitment but also the quality of performance to go and win. It’s a very important game, we’ve got ten important games now.”
Referring to last Saturday’s defeat against Manchester City, he added: “We went in there a little bit out of kilter with the usual league programme because of the enforced break and I thought that it showed through a bit in the first half more than the second. That mentality from the second half is going to be important for us to have moving forward.
“The job is to make it happen. You can’t wait for things to get given to you in the Premier League because they don’t get given to you, it’s a very difficult league. We’ve had to earn every inch of our life in the Premier League and we’ve to keep doing that over the next seven weeks and ten games.”
The players will need the support from the stands, and Dyche said of that: “It’s impossible for me to question the atmosphere of the crowd and fans across the board because they’ve been amazing. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that the fans will be there, and I mean that sincerely. Our fans have been exceptional, there’s no two ways about it.
“The feeling on certain days and particularly nights at Turf Moor brings a real energy and a real edge. We certainly need that, and it’ll help the players no end.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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