Burnley boss Sean Dyche targeting Leeds United in key area and has only one interest in Whites' style

BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche says his only interest with Leeds United's style is trying to beat them, with the Clarets manager openly highlighting a Whites' Achilles heel with set pieces.

By Lee Sobot
Thursday, 24th December 2020, 12:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th December 2020, 12:22 pm

Dyche's fifth-bottom Clarets have recently turned a corner with Burnley having taken 12 points from their last seven games having amassed just one point from their first six.

The Lancashire side will next head to Elland Road for Sunday's 12 noon kick-off to face a Whites side whose open style of play has been a hot topic following last weekend's 6-2 reverse at arch rivals Manchester United.

Dyche, though, says he will leave it up to others to discuss the way that Leeds play with the Clarets boss instead focusing on looking to mastermind an away win at Elland Road and hinting that his side would particularly target the Whites at set pieces.

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GAME PLAN: For Burnley boss Sean Dyche at Elland Road. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images.

Leeds have the worst record in the division at defending from set pieces having conceded nine goals from free-kicks or corners.

"I'm not bothered about anything that they do other than trying to beat them," said Dyche at his pre-match press conference, asked if United's open style of play was a case of being gung ho or the beautiful game.

"Opinion on football is for everyone and all concerned, my opinion is on ourselves and whatever opinion is made on Leeds from outside of our camp, it will be ours looking at ways that we can can play and go and win the game.

"There's a certain shift in the style there, we know that, almost man to man across the pitch, almost in and out of possession kind of thing.

"That has led to an up and down season so far for Leeds and on a hot day they are hot and when they are not they are not.

"But I think the Premier League can be a bit like that anyway, regardless of styles.

"It can be a bumpy ride in the Premier League, particularly when you have come out of the Championship but overall I think they will be pleased with where they sit.

"We have got to take them on knowing they are a good side and knowing they have got some energy but equally knowing they have not been as strong as probably they would like at set pieces and we are strong at set pieces so that's another important factor.

"There's lots of different details in a performance, including the one we are looking to give against Leeds and we have got to get them details right."

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