venerdì 15 agosto 2014
Burnley 2014-15 Preview
The three new clubs promoted to the Premier League have to face many adversities in the way to become acquainted to their new tier. They have to fight to avoid to be back soon there from they have come. It’s easy to predict. Burnley too hope to build a Premier League legacy to avoid to become a yo-yo team. With the league’s lowest budget, the Clarets won’t repeat the fate they faced in 2009-10 when they were relegated. To do it, Sean Dyche’s side added six preseason signings spending just about £3.5m to bring on Marvin Sordell, Matt Gilks, Lukas Jutkiewicz, and veterans Steven Reid, Matt Taylor and Michael Kightly. Finishing 17th is club’s goal for this season. It would be a huge achievement as many pundits predicted Burnley as relegation fodder. On the paper, no expects the Clarets will be out from the bottom three next May. Dyche hopes to prove this criticism wrong. He will rely on the talent of Danny Ings up front, should he stay, and on a solid defense that allowed just 37 goals in 46 league games last season. Centre-back Jason Shackell, midfielder Dean Marney and Ings will be a key part of Clarets’ hopes to survive. Obviously, face powerful Premier League’s offenses is a risky business, but the Clarets have not to compete against Chelsea or Manchester City. Instead, they will be focus to challenge the five or six other sides that will be involved in a kind of mini-tournament at the bottom of the table. From a tactical viewpoint, Dyche, the ‘ginger Mourinho’, has grow under the legacy of Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest. Dyche gained a lot of respect for the things he accomplished since joined Burnley in 2012. Dyche played a 4-4-2 system last term and this is the formation he would line up at Turf Moor this campaign. Team spirit and compactness are Dyche’s side strengths. However, the manager could switch to a more defensive 4-5-1 formation throughout the season, especially in certain games. No matter which kind of system Dyche will use, he should favor a balanced approach, so we do not be surprised if we will see this team sitting at the back and playing quick counter-attacks through the channels. Apply some pressure high up the field with the team without the ball is also no out of question as Burnley were extremely good chasing the ball last term. Those will be team’s guidelines trying to stay in the EPL. It will be a tough task but there’s no doubt Burnley will give everything to secure their fans another term at this level.