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Dyche - Defensive approach realistic

21st December 2018, 14:32 by Jack Ogalbe

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he will happily play defensively against the big teams despite criticism of his style.

The Clarets had just 30 per cent possession and no shots on target last weekend against Tottenham but they defended resolutely from the front until substitute Christian Eriksen struck in time added-on to give Spurs a hard-earned 1-0 victory.

Defeat kept Burnley in the bottom three in the Premier League and Dyche may once again field a back three at Arsenal in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

The 47-year-old has been criticised all week for his approach but says he will happily do it again, and will continue to take a pragmatic view of how he sets up his side.

He said: "It's simple for me: it's reality tactics. If everyone thinks that every team in the Premier League is going to play the beautiful game, at the moment there's only one winner and that's Manchester City.

"We've got to find a way and we've done that consistently over the six years that I've been here. We've found a way of being successful.

"We've had to fight, we've had to work, we've played some good stuff at times, we've played some productive stuff, we've played some hard stuff, but we've found a way and I think that doesn't change.

"When you're playing these big clubs it's very, very difficult. It's more reality tactics rather than negative tactics for me."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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