Sean Dyche has a more "simple" job at Burnley says Chelsea's Conte


With an FA Cup semi-final on the horizon, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has opted to shuffle his Premier League pack against Burnley, with Eden Hazard among those to be rested.

Olivier Giroud's late salvo at Southampton has given Chelsea belief that a Champions League qualification place is still up for grabs.

Conte is expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season after months of public and private tensions with the club hierarchy over transfer policy, and his standing has been further weakened by a sharp decline in results since the turn of the year.

In team news from Turf Moor, Burnley start Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes up top together as Sean Dyche looks to get at the visitors early with plenty of balls into the box. Not only in England but also to fight for the Champions League. They have to play for the club and the fans, to show great character like today.

With a win today, Burnley would pass Arsenal for sixth place in the Premier League with 57 points. "We'll see where it takes us, but it's very pleasing to be in this position at this stage of the season", Dyche was quoted by BBC.

Both Tarkowski and Pope have done well this season and earned their England chances, but they can not afford more nights like this if they are to make Southgate's squad.

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He said: "We have to try until the end to reach this target".

"We have an important game against a really strong team". The league is a tough league so for us to have a good start and try to get to 40 points will always be the marker for every season.

On a night of rotation for Antonio Conte, striker Alvaro Morata's bad miss at 1-0 looked as though it could cost his side at one point, but the visitors showed good character to leave Lancashire with the win needed to keep their top-four hopes alive.

While Dyche has undoubtedly overachieved, Conte...

Burnley is having their best season in the top flight, now positioned seventh with 44 points.

'It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You have to fight only to avoid [relegation]. "If you don't win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this reason, it is more hard to play for this target".