Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes the team’s Premier League experience has been the difference this year as they try to pull off another heroic display against Manchester City on Sunday.
After a poor start to the campaign, Burnley looked in danger of being relegated to the Championship but a strong start to 2019 gave them a fighting chance.
The Clarets have now confirmed their spot in the top flight for next season, with a four-match unbeaten run seeing them over the line. Wins over Wolves, Bournemouth and Cardiff were followed by a superb draw against Chelsea on Monday night.
They can dent City’s title charge this weekend and Dyche believes his troops can cause any team problems. He told the club’s official website:
“The biggest care of all was getting things right and I think that knowledge, not just in management but in Premier League management, helps in those moments to stay calm, stay focused and believe in what you do.
“I think the players deserve a lot of credit for delivering that, and my part of the bigger picture is just the clarity in what we can do. I’ve got nothing to do with it (the title race). I’ve got no motives other than to try and win the game.
“We want to play hard against everyone. We want points on the board. We want to prove that we can at least challenge the elite end of the market because the top six are miles in front. It is a big challenge but one we are looking forward to, especially in front of our own fans.”
Burnley are as big as 17.00 to win this weekend, while the draw is 7.50 and City are 1.17 to win at Turf Moor.