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Burnley are at Southampton tomorrow and up against their manager Ralph Hasenhüttl for the sixth time since he replaced Mark Hughes at St. Mary’s in December 2018.

The first of the previous five games ended in a draw with Burnley doing the double and Southampton reversing that last season with two wins with Hasenhüttl admitting that he’s changed his views on us.

Speaking yesterday, he said: “I must say that I’ve changed my opinion about Burnley in the past two or three years. I thought, in the beginning, that this is a team that only kicks long and doesn’t want to play football.

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“I think if you let them play, they definitely can do. They have very good pressing, been very brave this season with high pressing also. They have developed their game, this is what you see. This is what is necessary in the Premier League, to play a little bit more football, otherwise it is difficult.

“They play in a very direct and forward oriented way. The goals they score are typical for them. It’s always good to do what you’re capable of doing in a perfect way. This can be successful and the reason why we have to be very aware about their qualities.

“We have also shown our qualities, especially in the last season where we beat them twice. It was the first time that we have won against them. This is the goal for the weekend.”

Southampton won for the first time last week while we are still searching for our first victory and Sean Dyche said: “It is key to remind the players of their performance levels. I think there was a stat out last week about us being sixth highest operators in terms of quality chances created.

“That is a good sign, that you are creating chances. The players know my concern is not so much about missing chances, I only go on at them if they’re not in there to try and scored those chances. It is a hard thing to put the ball in the net. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

“The balance is the performances and work on the training pitch, that is what you are looking for as a manager. Of course, my job and their job is to win, I’m not hiding behind that. You have to win. So, the next level is to turn those good performances into winning performances. You would take a lucky one to change the mentality, but ideally you want to earn it. You want players to play well and earn that right to win.

“I believe in the players wholeheartedly and always have done, they know that. They just need to trust themselves to go and express themselves. It is a pressurised business, football, but you still need that but where you enjoy it, whatever the challenges.”

Speaking about Southampton, he added: “It was a tricky start for them as well, but they always seem to me like a decent outfit. We’ll have to be organised and go down there to try and take the game on. I think we have done that well this season, but we have to make sure the details are right.

“It is certainly a game we can go and get a win from, but we feel that about most games. We went to Man City with that mindset. They’re a good outfit, but we’re in decent shape ourselves, other than getting that win, of course.”

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